Jorge Lorenzo raced hard to secure second place in Qatar, and was the only rider that managed to break up the Honda dominance at the front of the pack.
Lorenzo found himself working overtime in order to firstly stick with Dani Pedrosa, and then squeeze out a sufficient enough lead over him to avoid getting repeatedly over-taken on the long straight.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing M1):
“I think maybe I am more proud of that podium than a race victory, that’s how I feel tonight. I feel very proud of myself and my team who never gave up and worked to give me the best bike that they can.
“I put everything I have inside into my riding on the track for the race from the start to the end and was on the limit every lap. I almost crashed on one corner but I managed to stay on the bike and finished in second position which is the best that I could do.”
Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing M1):
“That’s the first race of the year done and dusted, it wasn’t picture perfect and I got pushed out a bit in turn one, getting trapped behind Barbera and Rossi the first few laps.
“They were fighting together which meant I lost touch with the guys in front. Other than that it was a good race, I struggled to get by Valentino for a while, he was riding really well and he’s not an easy guy to get around!
“Once we were able to get past we set fast lap times and the bike was feeling good. It was just the first part of the race that didn’t pan out, I didn’t get a lucky break on the start. We race in two weeks so I’m happy to get back on it at Jerez. It’s the first race of the year, I didn’t make top five but we got some points so I’m happy.”
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