Lorenzo upbeat despite Argentina misery

Jorge Lorenzo is upbeat heading into next weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas, despite a miserable weekend in Argentina.

The Ducati rider qualified down in 16th spot at the Argentine MotoGP, crashed out at the first corner and boasts just five points after the opening two races of the season.

But after admitting that he struggled to come to grips with his new bike during pre-season, Lorenzo believes he is finally making progress.

Lorenzo said: “It was a long time ago since I didn’t make the first corner, and I’m disappointed because more than ever I needed to get kilometres and laps to keep improving. But we changed the ride height of the bike over the weekend and in the warm-up I felt very good.

“In the first corner though, I went to the inside, there was a lot of bikes there, and somehow I found the wheel of [Andrea] Iannone. I touched him just a little bit and I crashed.

“Every time I ride the bike I improve so much. I made a mistake trying to make the bike lower, but it was the wrong way.

“Let’s say now that my championship will start in Austin. Qatar was a disaster and I was lucky to finish 11th, and my race in Argentina doesn’t even exist.”