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Lorenzo: "Nobody can say I haven't been trying with Honda"

Jorge Lorenzo has responded to his Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig’s recent comments, asserting that there isn’t “anyone” who can say that “I didn’t try and didn’t risk with this bike”.

Lorenzo: "Nobody can say I haven't been trying with Honda"

The three-time world champion has had a miserable first season with Honda so far, having scored just 21 points as he struggled to adapt to the notoriously tricky RC213V bike and missed a chunk of the pre-season and four races due to various injuries.

It emerged during Lorenzo’s recent stint on the sidelines that he had explored the possibility to end his two-year Honda deal early and return to Ducati, and the rider himself subsequently admitted that his commitment had been affected by crashes.

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Puig said in the lead-up to the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano that Lorenzo’s Honda woes were down to “courage and willingness” rather than “technique” - and when those comments were put to the three-time champion, he did not share the sentiment.

“He is the boss and is a person who I have a lot of respect for because I think he knows a lot about bikes and about this world,” Lorenzo said of Puig.

“But [there isn’t] anybody [who] can tell that I didn’t try and didn’t risk with this bike because I had huge crashes, always because I wanted to try to get good results.

“And probably that was the problem, I push too much before knowing exactly the bike and that’s why I crash and I get injured.

“This made much more difficult everything, because everything comes from the injuries. Without the injuries I’m sure I will be able to maybe not win races, but finish sometimes in the podium and top five.”

Lorenzo says his injury-strewn year – from the two painful crashes that disrupted the end of his final Ducati campaign, to a broken scaphoid in the 2019 pre-season, a rib fissure in Qatar and the back fracture in Assen – has meant he hasn’t had the chance to ride the Honda while in peak physical condition.

“I’ve never been 100 percent fit to ride the Honda, so I could never push to my maximum. Like this in MotoGP it’s difficult, if you don’t feel comfortable on the bike.

“That’s the feeling I have with the Honda at the moment, I don’t feel safe, especially with the front part of the bike. Some difficult circumstances, especially with the injuries, which made my situation and all my results so bad.”

Lorenzo rode to 14th place in his comeback grand prix at Silverstone, but then completed just half a day in the following week’s two-day Misano test.

“I could stay and finish the test, was a possibility, but we all thought that my feeling in my body after the race, just four days after the race at Silverstone, the injury didn't have enough time to get disinflammated.

“I stayed at home, the next three days I feel a big improvement, then little by little better. I am better than three weeks ago, but until I get onto the bike and feel how I will feel on the bike, I will not know.

“I'm good, I'm better, but I'm still not perfect, I'm not like normal. I think it requires time, more time to recover this injury.”

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