Jorge Lorenzo back on the podium, despite struggles during the race


After a disappointing race in Indianapolis last week, Jorge Lorenzo was exited to go to Brno for the 11th round of the Moto GP season. A few weeks before Brno, teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi took their bikes and did testing on the same track.
HJC Rider Jorge Lorenzo and his RPHA 10 started the weekend on a great note. After the FP1, Lorenzo set the pace at 1’56.698. During the FP2, Lorenzo and his team decided to test out different configurations on the bike. Despite the new configurations Lorenzo was still able be to beat his first FP1 time with a time of 1’56.538. Throughout FP3 & FP4 Jorge Lorenzo was able to keep the pace of 1’56. Going into Q2 Lorenzo was looking great. However at the end of Q2, he finish 5th, with a time of 1’55.949. Behind .422 seconds of the pole setter Cal Crutchlow.

Following a disappointing Q2 time Lorenzo and his team were more determined to push to the front during the race. At the start of race, Lorenzo was able to weave around the front row riders and claim the lead before turn 1. The biggest lead he had was about a second and a half from both Honda riders (Marquez & Pedrosa). Half way through, the race director decided to wave the white flag, due to the possibility of rain. Although the possibility of rain was looming, it did not slow down the 3 race leaders (Lorenzo, Marquez, & Pedrosa).
As the race approached the last ten laps both Honda riders were able to cut Lorenzo’s lead to only .3 seconds. Finally, with only 7 laps to go Marquez made a move to take a lead. However Lorenzo was able to reclaim the lead just after two turns. But before the lap ended Marquez was able to take the lead once more. With 4 laps to go Lorenzo tried to make a move try to reclaim the lead once again, but Marquez was able to fight the strike from Lorenzo to maintain the lead. Similar to last week, Pedrosa was the sitting quietly at the third position for most of the race. With 3 laps to go, Pedrosa took the second spot from Lorenzo. Once Lorenzo lost the 2nd spot, both Honda riders were able to pull away and finish the race with a gap of 2.277 seconds.

After a hard fought race HJC rider Jorge Lorenzo stated: “ I tried to get into first position again and pull away to escape, making the best start in my career, achieving up to one second of advantage. But I would have needed one or two fractions of a second more to escape definitively and win the race. They were very competitive on the straights and braking and I was only able to keep up by leaning a lot. My tires got worn and I couldn’t do more”.
The next race will be next week September 1st, at the legendary Silverstone circuit in Great Britain, where Jorge Lorenzo won last year.

2013 MotoGP R11, Brno, Czech Republic2013 MotoGP R11, Brno, Czech Republic


Jorge Lorenzo back on the podium for the first time since Catalunya

2013 MotoGP R10, Indianapolis, USA


After a tough first half of the 2013 MotoGP season, Jorge Lorenzo and HJC were ready to start the second half of the season. Jorge Lorenzo started the weekend by revealing his special edition Indianapolis “GREEN MAMBA” helmet. After revealing the helmet, Lorenzo was ready to take the Green Mamba on the track for the first time.
Receiving a qualifying time of 1’38.471, Jorge Lorenzo landed the 2nd position in the front row. He was behind Marc Marquez who had a qualifying time of 1’37.958 and in front of Dani Pedrosa 1’38.485 qualifying time.
On the race day, Lorenzo and his Green Mamba helmet struck early. Before reaching first turn, Lorenzo was able to take the lead from Marquez who started at pole position. After leading two-thirds of the race Lorenzo’s Yamaha started to skid due to tire wear. At this point, Marquez was able to take the lead with 15 laps left. Lorenzo & the Green Mamba battled hard, however before the end of the race Pedrosa was able to pass Lorenzo on the front straight with 2 laps to go. After a hard fought 27 laps Lorenzo & the Green Mamba were able to finish 3rd and was back on the podium for the first time in over 2 months.
Once the race had ended Jorge Lorenzo stated; “Until the middle of the race, at the same pace as Marc, the bike began to skid a lot, more than ever before, but these things happen and that’s how it is. It’s better to be happy with these points and avoid a fall.”
After 9 rounds Jorge Lorenzo is behind 35 points from the point’s leader Marc Marquez. The next event will be held at the Brno Circuit, in the Czech Republic, on August 25th.

2013 MotoGP R10, Indianapolis, USA