It was an eventful race for the MotoGP riders in Jerez this week. Casey Stoner lost his chance at victory after a crash with Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo took his first victory on a wet track, and Dani Pedrosa put in one final stellar performance before going under the knife.
Here are some quotes from around the MotoGP grid.
Jorge Lorenzo, winner of the Jerez race: “It was one of my most patient races. It’s a great victory, which we needed and I feel so good. This is also the first time I have won in wet conditions, the first time ever.
“The King of Spain said to me that he would bring me good luck after our meeting last February in Madrid, he was right. With the competition so high this year I never imagined I would be leader after two races.”
Dani Pedrosa, 2nd at Jerez: “It was very difficult race. At the start, many riders overtook me and I thought ‘that’s it.’ Anyway, I knew there were 27 laps and the situation was difficult for the tyres. I was a little nervous after my bad start, but when I realized that in the first lap I was faster than in the warm up, I calmed down and started to improve. I took a good pace and had to ride at maximum concentration in order not to not make any mistakes, it was very easy to crash. Some riders started falling down and it was a matter of resisting there.
“It’s been a tough weekend for the arm injury, today I also had numbness and lack of strength, but to ride in wet has helped me because it’s not as aggressive as in dry conditions. To leave Jerez with a second place finish, after the third place in Qatar, is amazing.
“We’ve been doing great, but now comes the hard time, the surgery. Nobody likes to undergo surgery, but this time I almost wish for it because I want to end the pain and problems and start competing fully fit.”
Nicky Hayden, 3rd: That wasn’t necessarily a pretty win because my last laps were so slow when the tires were worn, but we’re on the podium, and I’m pretty happy about it.
“The track was changing every corner, because there was rain in some parts and no rain in other parts. Also, the tyres and the lines kept changing. It certainly hasn’t been an easy start to the season, so we’ll take success any way we can get it.
Hiroshi Aoyama, 4th: “The situation was really tricky today but we have taken a solid result from a tough race. A lot of riders went down but I was able to manage the situation at the most critical points. I am pleased but not totally satisfied because with a bit more conviction early in the race I could have passed some slower riders and I’m sure that would have put me on the podium.
“We have to wait until next time but this is a great confidence boost for me and the team, who have done a great job to give me a competitive bike in the wet conditions.”
Valentino Rossi, 5th: “Today in the wet we had a great chance for me to make my first podium with Ducati, or even to get my first win. I felt good, both with the bike and my shoulder. The bike is very fast in the wet.
“I was advancing really well, and I’m sorry to have made that mistake and thrown away such an opportunity. While braking for the first corner, I entered a bit long, and although I tried to stay to the inside, I lost the front and couldn’t stay up.
“I’m sorry, because I also took out Stoner, and I certainly didn’t want to do that. I apologized to him, and I’m truly sorry, it was a mistake. It’s a shame because we really could have gotten some satisfaction, but we’ll keep trying.
“We’re still not so fast in the dry, but we’re working hard. Anyway today’s fifth place gave us eleven points that are very important in the championship.”
Casey Stoner, DNF: “We were competitive here in the wet and dry and this is very important for us, at a track that hasn’t been that great for me in the past. After so much hard work I hate to have a race like this because the team did a great job all weekend and now we go home empty handed.
“With the accident, I heard Valentino arriving and I wasn’t worried about anyone passing me at that point in the race so I gave him plenty of room. It was a racing incident and there’s not much we can do, what is more frustrating is the reaction of the stewards and their assistance for Valentino and not for me, it was unbelievable. I want to just get to the next race now in Estoril, where I’m sure we can be competitive again.”
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com