The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas proved to be difficult affair for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team.
Indeed it was a weekend to forget for 2010 and 2012 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. Starting from fifth on the grid he made a jump start at the beginning of the race and received a ride-through penalty as a result.
Lorenzo pitted immediately at the end of the opening lap and re-joined at the back of the field in 23rd, eventually finishing 10th.
Valentino Rossi started from sixth but dropped back to ninth at the start. The veteran Italian regrouped and was fighting for fourth within just a few laps. Rossi then began to close down Andrea Iannone and looked confident of scoring a podium finish until a sudden loss of grip on the right side of the front tire left him unable to keep his pace, dropping him to eighth which he held to the line.
The eighth place finish gains Rossi a further eight points to give him a total of 28, dropping him to third in the overall standings. Lorenzo’s tenth place earns his first championship points of the season, putting him in the unfamiliar territory of 16th with six points.
Lorenzo reflected, “I wasn’t thinking and was distracted and I made a big mistake in the start. I just tried to push at the maximum afterwards to get the best result but the race was almost over for me.”
He continued, “I want to say sorry to the team as I destroyed my race, but at least I didn’t crash because it was a difficult situation with the tension and it was easy to make a mistake and get injured. The good thing is that I finished the race and got my first points in the championship but clearly it wasn’t our weekend.”
Rossi added, “We destroyed the front tire completely on the right side. I had the same problem during the weekend but less than this. This morning we made a good step and with a used tire I could do all the warm up so we were quite positive. Unfortunately after seven or eight laps the front was gone and I had to go three seconds slower.”Austin, Jorge Lorenzo, MotoGP, Valentino Rossi