JORGE LORENZO flopped in Qatar today in the opening race of the MotoGP season.
On Saturday, the experienced 31-year-old crashed twice, leaving him far from fully fit.
The Spaniard, making his debut for Honda after switching this year from Ducati, finished in 13th place.
Andrea Dovizioso won, narrowly beating Marc Marquez to first place.
There were three of the 23 racers who failed to finish in Qatar, but Lorenzo seemed determined to not be one of them.
“It’s a confidence thing – it drops down”
The three-time world champion from his days with Yamaha played it safe on Sunday after his knocks this weekend.
He was still recovering, and those watching on from the BT Sport studios felt they could see Lorenzo was not at 100 per cent.
Pundit Gavin Emmett suggested: “I have a bit of a theory about Jorge when it starts getting into mixed conditions.
“He’s had those two warning crashes yesterday.
“It’s a confidence thing – it drops down.
“It’s like ‘I’m not willing to push it and go into hospital again’ like he has done.”
Fellow pundit Neil Hodgson backed Lorenzo to bounce back in South America in three weeks’ time, and said: “What he can do, and we’ve seen it so many times, he just presses ‘reset’.
“He can turn the button on in Argentina and he can be fastest is FP1.”
Suzy Perry defended Lorenzo and added: “There’s no point crashing here and not being able to race for the rest of the season.
“Perhaps it was something to do with that.”