Jorge Lorenzo: Honda ace reveals all about ‘difficult weekend’ at Austin MotoGP
The 31-year-old has suffered a nightmare few months at the Japanese heavyweights.
He finished 13th in the opening race of the season after a disastrous qualifying session in Qatar.
Just three weeks later, as the bikes lined up on the grid in Termas, Lorenzo accidentally hit the pit limiter.
It was yet another weekend to forget in Texas at the Circuit of The Americas.
“MotoGP star Jorge Lorenzo suffered a tough weekend in Austin”
Lorenzo began the race encouragingly enough, but his progress was curtailed after technical issues brought his Honda to a grinding halt.
The ex-Ducati man was caught by the BT Sport cameras looking visibly frustrated.
He can be seen angrily shaking his head as he’s forced off track.
“It has been a difficult weekend with the weather and everything,” Lorenzo posted on social media.
“I have not done a bad start and then I started to make up some positions.
“Sadly we had an issue with the bike and I was forced to retire from the race.
“It was a different issue to yesterday. The positive is that in the race I was feeling quite good at a circuit where normally I have difficulty.
“Now we look to Jerez, a circuit I like and where we will hopefully be able to be stronger.”
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It was a shocking showing from elite Honda riders.
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez – who started on pole position – came off his bike after just a few laps.
BT Sport pundit Keith Huewen said: “He [Marquez] was in too hot and a little off line.”
A floundering Marquez remounted his bike after he came off track, but was unable to get it started again.
He had previously triumphed six times on the bounce at the Circuit of The Americas.
LCR Honda star Cal Crutchlow also came off his bike and was unable to continue.
The race was eventually won by Suzuki starlet Alex Rins.
It was a first ever Grand Prix win for the ever improving Spaniard. Veteran superstar Valentino Rossi was second.
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