Qatar Win Out of Reach - Lorenzo

Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo ruled himself out of contention for this weekend's season opening round of the 2011 MotoGP, the Qatar GP. The Spaniard did not enjoy his best test meeting this week at the Losail International Circuit, having finished the last day of pre-season running a second off the pace of Honda's Casey Stoner, in 7th place.

What's worse, Yamaha have trailed Honda in pace throughout the winter, with the former constructor clinching all timing reports this year (9), at Sepang and Qatar. That being said, the prospects for this weekend are not too encouraging as far as Yamaha is concerned, and Lorenzo knows that all too well.

I don't feel ready at all to fight for the win,” said Lorenzo in a recent interview posted on the MotoGP official website. “It's going to be difficult to fight for the podium, but we are going to try,” he added, reckoning that the Honda bikes – both works and customer-prepared – will hold the edge over their rivals this weekend.

Having tackled the Qatar test from behind pace-setters Honda, Lorenzo hoped for a miraculous recovery from his Yamaha challenger. What he got instead was a step backwards, as argued by the Spaniard.

I hoped for so much after yesterday, but today we didn't improve – neither the lap times or the feeling, because the feeling has been much, much worse than yesterday,” added Lorenzo. “We are further [away] and the feelings are not good. We made a simulation of the race with the soft tire on the rear, and from the middle of the race to the end, I was going slower and slower.

Lorenzo also revealed that he will probably use last year's setup in Qatar, as the one used on Tuesday night did not provide him with competitive lap times on the Losail track.
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