Published on 20 May 2012 by Toni M.
Finding the right adjectives to describe Jorge Lorenzo’s victory at Le Mans is almost impossible, let’s just say he had one hell of race and he was ‘magnifique’ (paying tribute to France here), and maybe he should even thank Valentino Rossi for taking off some championship points from Casey Stoner, as he now leads in the standings by eight points.
“It was really difficult to hold concentration today, in the dry it’s complicated but in the wet it’s even more,” said Lorenzo. “The race feels much longer and you have to remember where the corners are slippery every lap. If you forget one you can crash very easily. I started the race determined to be in first position from the beginning and managed to keep my concentration even when Casey was catching me. It would have been easy to push a bit more and make a mistake at that moment but I waited for a few more laps to see what happened then opened the gap again to win this fantastic race. A big thank you to my team who worked very hard in difficult conditions to make a set up that worked for me.”
With all respect to Ben Spies, but the American has to change helmet manufactuer, this is the second time that he’s had problems with a visor that has hampered him in a race. In 2010 at Laguna Seca, a flapping visor stopped him from mounting a challenge on Valentino Rossi, now this.
“That was a rough race. We actually got off to a good start at the beginning then had a very big moment on the line, something happened because then I had quite a lot of water coming in through my helmet and couldn’t see much on the first five laps. I hoped it would get better but I couldn’t see anything and decided to come in because I need to see where I am going. I knew the race was gone by then so went back out to try and get some data and get better working with the bike in the rain. Circumstances meant it wasn’t a good day, said Spies.