Even at Motegi, the first of the triptych overseas ace, Jorge Lorenzo confirms its consistent performance gaining a very important (for the championship) second place. After a very good start from pole position, Jorge led the race for the first ten laps and then was obliged to surrender to a more powerful Pedrosa who passed him. Lorenzo was, in any case, able to manage to avoid compromising the fight for the title which he is still leading with 28 points. Good news from Stoner - he finally returned from his injury. Casey, still suffering, gained a fifth place in the race, unable to do more because of the physical conditions that forced him to surrender after a few laps.
In Sepang next race on October 21.
Here the riders declarations:
JORGE LORENZO X-LITE X-802
"I was completely at the maximum trying to stay with Dani but today we had such different performance on the straights and he was also riding really well. I tried to stay with him but it was impossible, maybe next time it will be different. For sure the Championship is closer now, but we are still very competitive and have the chance to win."
CASEY STONER NOLAN X-802
"I'm a little disappointed to be honest. We slowly improved over the weekend and got the bike to a point we were pretty happy with in warm up. At the start of the race I felt had the pace to stay with Dani and Jorge and the bike was feeling pretty good. Then as the race progressed my body started to suffer and ache in ways I didn't expect. We had the pace to run a lot higher and be on the podium but unfortunately I couldn't manage it physically today. A big thanks to my team, they gave me a fantastic bike today but I couldn't do anymore in my condition".