In the psychological aspect the defeat was much greater. In terms of performance, Jorge was in the sweetest moment of the year. He had dominated in Spain, was consistently on the podium and had fully adapted to the MXGP class: "I totally have the feeling of having left something half done. I was in very good shape, I had set up the bike well and I think I could have won more races. I feel like I missed an opportunity, maybe not to be first, which was going to be very difficult, but to secure second place and put pressure on Gajser."
Were you at your best level?
"Yes, I think Gajser and I were a step above. It has been a very difficult year, but in constant progression. Coming from injury we have walked a very hard path advancing little by little towards the objectives, first the Top 10, then the Top 5, then the podium, the first victory, the first race win, the first GP sweep... Always progressing."
It seems that everything happened to you this year ...
"Of course, femur and collarbone fractures, mechanical problems, unfair penalties and now Covid, it is hard to imagine anything worse. That is why I am excited about the new year, because I know that so many bad things are not likely to come together again."
Even so, it's been a great year, right?