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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 14:58
It has been a long time since we have seen such a close race from start to finish in MotoGP and this weekend the Austrian Grand Prix He has quenched our thirst for hand-to-hand battles between the drivers by taking first place on the podium in the race. The victory was finally for Andrea Dovizioso but, in the early stages of the race, it was his teammate Jorge Lorenzo the one who has occupied the first position.
The Spaniard started from third position on the starting grid with his Ducati GP17 and he took the lead very soon after overtaking Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Márquez, from that moment on he began to pull to try to distance himself, but little by little his advantage has been diluted.
I had to reduce the power
The great departure of Jorge Lorenzo It allowed him to lead the race for the first 11 laps until Andrea Dovizioso first and the Honda Honda of Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa later overtook him. He finally finished fourth, earning some invaluable points for him in his first year at Ducati.
For Jorge maybe this is the best race He has done since the season started, "we have finished closer than ever to the winner, six seconds away, we have been in the front row and we have led more laps than ever." The Spaniard leaves Spielberg happy after finishing fourth and having obtained the third best time in the QP on Saturday.
And the power that had in the qualifying session has been the one that the Mallorcan lacked today on his Ducati, "this time we lacked power because from lap three on I had to change the map and put a lower power map to save fuel".
Has finally arrived very fair of gasoline at the end of the race and this did not allow him to ride as fast as he could: "I spent a large part of the race without the power of practice and on the straight I was losing a lot compared to my rivals." In addition, the rear tire has also hurt him, "the wear on the right side has not allowed me to keep up with the pace and the front group has escaped".
East fourth place, brings Lorenzo up to seventh position in the table with 79 points and the Mallorcan is convinced that the results will come soon: "Each time I ride more consistently and I will get more performance out of the bike. We have very little to do, a couple of tenths, to fight for the victories and we have to be satisfied ".
The Next Opportunity For Jorge to demonstrate the progress with his Ducati will be on August 27, when the British GP begins at Silverstone where last year Lorenzo finished eighth with the Yamaha.