Lorenzo: Third place almost felt like a win


MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo said third place at the Red Bull Ring almost felt like a victory after clawing back some ground on Marc Marquez in the title fight.

Lorenzo came off the mid-season break 46 points behind Marquez, but gained five on him at the Austrian grand Prix after following Ducati pair Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso home.

Iannone's maiden race win was his side's first in almost six years.

Marquez managed a fifth-place finish in Spielberg after dislocating his shoulder in a practice crash and Lorenzo highlighted the importance of being ready to take advantage of such slips from the Repsol Honda star.

"Obviously when you have won so many races like me, finishing in third place is not like a victory," he said. 

"But we can feel this third place almost like a victory because Ducati was almost in another world during the test, the weekend and the second part of the race.

"Finishing third, just two seconds from the winner, it's a great result and we're very satisfied. I'm very happy, even with the rear tyre moving a lot in the last part of the race.

"We recovered some points to Marc, which is important, and anything can happen, as we saw when Marc crashed yesterday and he almost got seriously injured. You need to be focused and have some luck in this championship."

Lorenzo's podium finish was his first in four races after Barcelona, Assen and Chemnitz resulted in a DNF, 10th and 15th.

"A black period, no? The last three races, a black period," he said. "Not so many points and a lot of bad feeling.

"Finally a good weekend, good qualifying, good race. At the beginning Iannone was not as fast I expected, but instead of going slower he got faster and faster with the soft tyres.

"So that was a big surprise. We were not so far as we expected, that is a good sign, because this track was better for them."