Jorge Lorenzo 'really lucky' with timing of MotoGP Qatar brake failure

Jorge Lorenzo admits he was "lucky" to avoid serious injury as a result of the brake failure that caused his retirement from the Qatar MotoGP season opener

Jorge Lorenzo 'really lucky' with timing of MotoGP Qatar brake failure

Ducati rider Lorenzo crashed out on lap 12, and he said his bike developed front brake problems early in the race.

With the issue "getting worse lap by lap", it was the cause for Lorenzo's eventual retirement, and the Spaniard said he was "lucky" the incident happened at Turn 4 and not at the end of the main straight.

"[It was a] problem with the brake," said Lorenzo, whose team-mate Andrea Dovizioso won in Qatar.

"I was really lucky it didn't happen in the first [corner] because if it happened at 300 km/h it would have been a different story.

"I was lucky about that but today we have zero points.

"I just felt the level of the front brake was getting closer to my fingers and I didn't have brake after some metres.

"I needed to try to use less front brake and more the rear, tried to delay this thing that was getting worse lap by lap.

"Unfortunately when I arrive to Turn 4 the first part of the brake was OK but suddenly I just miss completely the brake so I have no brake.

"I was going very fast to the gravel, to the wall and I jumped off the bike to avoid hitting the wall."

In his first season with Ducati last year, Lorenzo was usually strong in the early stages of the races before fading later on.

But the three-time MotoGP champion felt he was in decent shape in the second half of the race in Qatar "for the first time" since he joined Ducati.

"I felt that I had a better second part of the race with the Ducati but unfortunately I couldn't prove it because I crashed," he said.

"I passed [Jack] Miller very fast I was getting closer to [Andrea] Iannone.

"I was catching the first group and I was getting faster with more comfortable feeling.

"I think I could fight if I didn't have the problem with the braking to stay with the front group.

"Everything was possible, win the race, finishing third or fifth."

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