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DONE AND DUSTED: Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo has conceded that his 2016 title challenge is over. Image: Supplied

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Silverstone, Great Britian - Jorge Lorenzo has virtually ruled out his chances of winning the MotoGP title after recording just one podium in the last six races.

The Yamaha rider sits 64 points adrift of current championship leader Marc Marquez and admitted that a "gamble" failed to come off in the latest round at Silverstone on Sunday (September 4)

Not competitive

Lorenzo finished eighth at Silverstone, 20 seconds behind race winner Maverick Vinales, who will replace him at Yamaha next season.

Lorenzo said: "I don't care about the championship because we are not competitive, we are losing a lot of points.

"Somehow, something always happens for us to lose points in the last races.

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"Let's see at Misano, in the dry we are OK to be one of the fastest, to fight for the victory and if it rains try to make another step forward.

"I had the feeling in Brno I was ready to fight for the win, we had good pace in the weekend but also in the test on Monday, but it rained in the race.

"Here, no. From second practice we were slower than three or four guys who had better pace, we decided to take a gamble on the race."

Gambling with the settings

Lorenzo has won three times at Silverstone and his team were weighing up a stiffer set-up on his M1 for the race and despite missing the chance to try it during the wet morning warm-up, they still opted to go ahead.

Lorenzo added: "We made some kind of a gamble for the setting. We wanted to try it in the warm-up but in the rain we couldn't try it.

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"So we were discussing to put it or not to put it and finally we made this gamble to make the bike harder in the suspension.

"In 2012 we did it in the warm-up and it worked. But today it didn't work."


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