Without a podium during the opening three races, Jorge Lorenzo racked up his second MotoGP victory in succession at Le Mans on Sunday.“To win this second victory gives us a lot of confidence, but also we demonstrated our potential,” Lorenzo said. “This year we have a great bike, very complete, especially on the brakes. So we are in a sweet moment, and we have to take profit of it while it lasts.” Just as at Jerez, Lorenzo led every race lap, this time taking the lead from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso at the first chicane and going on to win by 3.8s over Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.“Andrea made a better start than me, but suddenly I saw that I could take the first position in the first chicane. I braked very hard, but Marc [Marquez] braked even harder, so I thought, OK, he’s not going to make the corner, and that’s what happened,” Lorenzo said.
“I could stay in first position and do my rhythm. When I saw a one-second advantage I was happy, but then I saw this second doesn’t increase, so I had to keep focused and ride even better.”
Rossi replaced Dovizioso as Lorenzo’s nearest rival at the midway point of the 28 laps, prompting the Spaniard to up his pace.
“When I saw a lead of 1.8s I was quiet. The problem was in the middle of the race when I saw Valentino coming into second place. He was reducing a little bit this gap, so I had to ride even better and brake later and with more aggression in the corner. And it worked.”
Lorenzo feared that the hotter race day temperatures would cause front tyre problems, but it turned out to hurt the Honda riders.
“Before the race I was a bit worried, especially for the front tyre, on the right side, because it was closing in some corners,” Lorenzo explained. “And sometimes it’s even worse in the race because it was hotter, you have more fuel in the tank, and sometimes you push a bit more on braking and the front can close even more.
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