Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo said he had ‘no excuses’ following his defeat by MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez at Aragon, the 14th round of 18, at the weekend.
Defending champion Lorenzo made a strong start to the race and opened a lead of one second, but Marquez proved too strong in the end as the series rookie extended his advantage at the top to a commanding 39 points in Spain.
Lorenzo, winner of the previous two races at Silverstone and Misano, said it was ‘impossible’ to catch his Honda rival once he hit the front.
“My tactic was to start well and open a gap like I did in the last races. I could make one second at the beginning but then simply Marc was faster,” said Lorenzo.
“When he caught me I closed the throttle to try to save some energy until the end; then he passed me and tried to go away. I tried my best to catch him but it was impossible.
“Today he was faster than me; there are no excuses. We have to congratulate him and now we think about the next races,” he added.
“The championship is more difficult now than before the race but we are going to fight for it until the end. We will try to win as many races as possible.”
Asked if he knew of any future technical improvements to his M1 for the remainder of the season, Lorenzo replied:
“We already have the fifth [and last] engine, so the engine cannot be improved. We can just improve the chassis and suspension … pray for some miracle. It’s a difficult situation. We have to concentrate to win races and be motivated for next year.”
Lorenzo’s team-mate Valentino Rossi finished in third place, but was 11 seconds behind the #99.
Results from the Spanish GP:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 3.459s
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 42m 4.815s
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 42m 16.386s
4. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 42m 17.246s
5. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 42m 17.432s
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 42m 18.121s
7. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 42m 34.679s
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP13) 42m 44.130s
9. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP13) 42m 56.872s
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing (GP13) 42m 58.526s
11. Aleix Espargaro ESP Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 43m 1.460s
12. Yonny Hernandez COL Ignite Pramac Racing (GP13) 43m 8.972s
13. Randy De Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 43m 10.048s
14. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 43m 12.133s
15. Claudio Corti ITA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 43m 12.589s
16. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* 43m 15.500s
17. Luca Scassa ITA Cardion AB Motoracing (ART CRT) 43m 48.611s
18. Bryan Staring AUS Go&Fun Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT) 43m 48.687s
19. Lukas Pesek CZE Came IodaRacing Project (Suter-BMW CRT)* 43m 49.042s
Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT)* DNF
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) DNF
Damian Cudlin AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART CRT)* DNF
Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project (Suter-BMW CRT)* DNF
Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) DNF
* Standard ECU.