Tyre choice costs Lorenzo Spanish victory


Jorge Lorenzo felt that his decision to use the softer compound Bridgestone slick tyre ultimately cost him the chance of winning the Spanish Grand Prix.

With the race starting on a drying track but with lots of damp patches off line tyre choice was always going to play a crucial role in the outcome of the race but making the decision between the soft and hard compound tyres was exceptionally difficult for the teams and riders.

Lorenzo and his Yamaha squad decided to race with the softer compound front tyre because they felt that it would reach its operating temperature faster and cope better with the damp patches of tarmac.

After the race the Spaniard admitted that he had made a mistake with his tyre selection.

“The hard tyre was the best solution but the conditions were a little bit wet at some corners so finally we choose the softer one,” said Lorenzo. “For the race it wasn’t good and it was struggling [with grip problems] seven laps from the end.”

With Stoner able to open push harder in the final laps Lorenzo felt it was wiser to consider the championship rather than ride over the limit in a bid to win his home race for the third consecutive year.

With the harder tyre though he felt that he had the potential to win the race comfortably.

“I think with the hard tyre we could win this race with quite a bit of an advantage,” said Lorenzo before concluding that, “when things are a little wrong finishing on the podium is good.”

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