Lorenzo has no choice but to "accept" current speed
Jorge Lorenzo says he has to "accept" his current limitations aboard Honda's MotoGP bike after missing his self-imposed target in Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix by some way.
But after qualifying down in 20th, Lorenzo finished in the same position - his lowest of the season - 46s behind a dominant Marquez on the sister Repsol machine.
The three-time premier class champion admitted on Friday his lack of speed was not primarily a result of his physical condition, although he said post-race he is still being held back by a fear of crashing and worsening his injuries.
"As you know I tried my best, doesn’t matter if I am leading the race or if I’m in 20th position – I always try my best," said Lorenzo.
"If my best is to fight for the win I win, and if my best is to get the result I’m getting I need to accept the situation and finish the race. There is no other choice.
"I think apart from the rest, which is not good obviously, and 46 seconds are a lot, I think we did go away from here with some positive things. I think some practice and even in the middle of the race I could ride a little bit with more flow, more like at the beginning of the season.
“But obviously the injury affect a lot my physical condition and my pain when I’m riding, and I lose a little bit from that."
Lorenzo also blamed his poor race pace on a fading rear tyre, something he feels is exaggerated by the set-up is he using to give himself the front feeling he needs on the Honda.
But he expressed some optimism that he could yet find a solution to this particular issue in the remaining five races of the season.
"Obviously I felt a lot the drop in the rear tyre, was very big," Lorenzo recalled. "Looks like the traction of the rear tyres, you have a standard setting you then generate no grip on the rear, especially for the race, and you the rear just doesn’t bite the asphalt to drive.
"So I am all the race trying to manage this spinning, trying to save tyre and even like this I was dropping and we just need to work on that, try to find some solutions.
"It’s true that when I try to be a bit closer to the settings Marc and Cal [Crutchlow] are using, I get worse front confidence. That’s why I always sacrifice a bit on the rear to find a bit on the front.
"Maybe we need to find a solution to gain rear grip to be able to not suffer too much in the race without losing stability. [If] we find that, we can be more competitive, I believe, for the rest of the season."
Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont
Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team
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