Bengaluru, September 11: Former world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who was leading in the Misano Grand Prix last Sunday before crashing regrets having missed out on a podium in a race in which he was in sight of victory.
The Ducati rider had moved into the lead on the opening lap and immediately set the pace, opening up a gap of more than four seconds on the following riders, but his efforts on the wet track came to an end in lap seven when he high-sided and retired.
"What a pity about my crash! The bike was going very well and I was riding pretty calmly, without taking too many risks and trying to manage the tyres well. Unfortunately at a certain point I lost concentration trying to change the mapping to a different electronic configuration. I used the rear brake in a slightly different way and that was enough to cause a high-side and make me crash," admitted Lorenzo.
The Spaniard has not won any race since his move from Yamaha to Ducati and has two DNF's this season including the one in Argentina.
Misano had provided Lorenzo the perfect platform to win, but his untimely crash put paid to his plans.
The 30-year-old has not lost hope though and said he hopes to make amends in the next race in Aragon on September 24.
"I'm very disappointed about that because I think I could have won the race by a distance and instead I had to retire. Races are like that however and you have to accept that these things can happen.
The good thing is that we don't have to fight for the championship. The crash would've been worse if I was fighting for the championship, but I'll take this lesson and learn for the future," concluded Lorenzo, who is ninth in championship standings with 90 points.