Lorenzo vows to learn from crash
|By Matt Beer and Toby Moody||Sunday, July 26th 2009, 17:47 GMT|
Jorge Lorenzo says he will learn from the mistake that ended his British Grand Prix.
The Spaniard is now 25 points behind his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in the championship following today's crash at a slippery Donington Park.
"I was feeling quite comfortable in the lead," said Lorenzo.
"Unfortunately on the final corner of the ninth lap I made a small mistake, got my line wrong and touched the white line and there was nothing I could do; it was very slippery.
"I was okay and wanted to carry on but my bike was too badly damaged. Of course I'm sad and disappointed but this is racing and these feelings don't help, you just have to learn from a mistake like this and look forwards."
Rossi also fell later in the race, but was able to rejoin and take fifth.
Although Lorenzo admitted that he could have gained ground in the points race had he stayed upright, he insisted that he does not regard himself as a title contender this year.
"Today was a great opportunity to win some points, but it was the opposite. We lost quite a lot," he said. "For sure Valentino's crash helped us a little bit.
"But I keep thinking that my goal is not to win the championship. If we are second or third in the champonship, that would be good enough for us. If we can win, it would be unbelievable, but it's not our goal."