Lorenzo’s weekend at the Losail circuit began with a robust second-place in early clinic , but he wound up just outside the top 10 after Friday’s night-time session.

But things took a turn to the worse on Saturday early as Lorenzo suffered a significant crash at spin 6 at FP3, which divides him to Q1 — before he dropped again at Turn 2.

That meant he’d start Sunday’s race 15 th on the gridand following clutch difficulty led in him slipping to 20th at the early stageshe recovered into 13th to evaluate three points.

“Even the large crash [on Saturday] crushed a tiny piece our good weekend which we expected in FP1 once we started exceptionally fine,” summarised Lorenzo.

“Following the crash we all haven’t been as quick as the very first day. Without the crash I’d be directly into Q2, probably second row, third row, far [longer ] in front, and that which would change.

“Also we had issues on the clutch out of yesterday and especially now on the warm up Cable and also at the first three, four laps that the clutch has been spinning.

“I had to close the throttle in a few fast parts of the track to prevent burning the clutch. I came from P16 to P-20 also it was difficult to recover.

“Small parts of lousy luck all weekend which take our real possibility, I think. ”

More from Qatar:

Lorenzo added that his experience in Qatar has made him convinced that strong results might be just around the corner when he is in a position to possess a shuttle weekend.

“For sure Argentina will probably soon be definitely better for the wrist and the remainder of the human anatomy,” he said.

“I want to generate some tests on the shoulderbecause I believe some cracks, a few movement. But it’s only the huge impact from the crash and nothing is broken.

“In Argentina I have significantly more experience with the bike and hopefully without a issue with the clutch, some far much better ergonomics, still some modifications [to make].

“When I’m not unfortunate, the results will probably come very shortly. ”

Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont

Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Honda Team

Jorge Lorenzo, Repsol Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / LAT Pictures