Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth in the Grand Prix of Spain. (Photo: Getty Images)

finished fourth in the Grand Prix of Spain. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha’s double World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has admitted that he lacks race fitness in the wake of another crushing defeat by a merciless Marc Marquez in the Spanish Grand Prix at .

Just four races into the season and Lorenzo is a massive 65 points behind his Spanish countryman Marquez who has quickly captured the hearts and minds of home fans.

Only a series of reckless mistakes by Honda golden boy Marquez, unlikely given his current level of supreme confidence, will give Lorenzo, or anyone else, a glimpse of the 2014 title.

Lorenzo had no response to the pace of his home race in Jerez and drifted to finish fourth, nine seconds behind, beaten not only by Marquez and Dani Pedrosa (third) but by his teammate (second).

“I put all my effort to keep on the wheel of Valentino, I was trying very hard and getting tired every lap,” said Lorenzo who tagged Rossi for 20 laps before succumbing to Pedrosa who claimed third.

“When Dani passed me I needed to push even more physically and be more on the limit to keep the wheel of Dani but I decided to finish the race and not crash and get some points.”

While three off-season surgeries impacted Lorenzo’s training his continuing lack of condition and uncomfortable feeling with the 2014 spec rear tires has dealt a blow to his confidence and championship chances.

“At this level if you lack one small thing it is very difficult to fight with the best riders on the planet and Marquez was very strong and the Honda was very strong at Jerez,” Lorenzo said.

“All this makes the difference. I am not so bad considering a lot of problems, and that starts with me because I am still not fit although better than the first two races in Qatar and Austin.

“I don’t feel good with the bike and the tires but I am adapting and we were close in qualifying and the warmup here. We need to be patient and wait for our moment.

“The battle with the new rear tire this year has made it harder for me and I need to be fitter and stronger than last year to have the same level.”

His trademark lightning start technique also went missing at Jerez and was a crucial difference with Rossi who for two laps engaged Marquez in a breathless battle before he too was hammered into submission.

“I made a very bad start and that was big difference compared to Valentino,” Lorenzo said.

“Then I was riding more tense and not flowing like in the warmup. We made some modifications to the electronics that was worse and this combination meant I couldn’t keep the pace of Valentino.

“I struggled so much with the bike and this made me physically worse. The electronics change was worse in some points of acceleration.”

Lorenzo also elected not to use the small M1 chassis tweak, to assist braking stability, which Rossi liked and used to finish second.

Lorenzo’s slide in form is in contrast to his committed pursuit of excellence and eliminating errors.

He won the final races of 2013 – Australia, Japan and Valencia – to go within four points of denying Marquez his history-making championship, only serving to highlight his four-race winless streak so far in 2014.

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