Lorenzo: It was difficult to be competitive

Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo said he nearly retired from Sunday's MotoGP race at Assen due to the dangerous wet conditions.

Lorenzo finished the Dutch GP in tenth place, fighting back from 19th position after the race was stopped after 12 laps due to the dangerous rainy conditions.

The Spaniard got more grip from the new softer fitted rear tyre after the restart in dryer conditions, to make inroads and earn six championship points for his trouble.

Jack Miller claimed his first MotoGP victory in the rain-shortened Dutch TT, beating championship leader Marc Marquez.

In an interview, Lorenzo said he was not competitive and gained positions due to other riders crashing out.

“I gained because the others crashed, not because I was overtaking. But I was not competitive," said Lorenzo. "It was very difficult to be competitive in the first race because I was probably slower than ever, especially when all the big water came. 

“I was slower and slower, I wasn't safe and I didn't see anything. For not crashing I had to slow down. I was very far even to the next rider. I was going to enter the pits because I was 19th and I wouldn't get any points. I was taking risks. I even thought to stop in the pits but luckily I didn't. I could restart the race,” Lorenzo added. 

“In the second race with the soft rear tyre and less water on the track I was better, but still, I was one of the slowest riders. [Maverick] Viñales was there and [Eugene] Laverty too. But the only thing I could do was try not to crash and finish the race in tenth place – that's it. 

“It looks like with this front tyre that's never been used. We made 30 laps and the tyre looks new. I suffer more than the other riders. The other riders, when they don't have front grip, suffer less,” he added.