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Lorenzo puts in hard graft to resolve problems

Lorenzo puts in hard graft to resolve problems

Double 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo put in two days of hard work at this week´s Brno test, as he attempts recapture his early season form.

As one of the best performing Michelin riders early in his debut MotoGP season Jorge Lorenzo has, like many of his counterparts, struggled for results on French rubber in recent races.

Whilst fellow factory rider Dani Pedrosa felt it was best to take a break from test proceedings at Brno on Monday morning after another difficult weekend, his compatriot Lorenzo remained in situ for two days of testing and left the Czech Republic in a somewhat better frame of mind – having been frustrated to finish tenth in Sunday´s race from seventeenth on the grid.

Lorenzo found some improvements on the last day of testing after a tough GP weekend. By the end of the post-race Tuesday he was sixth on the test timesheet, having improved on his best lap from Sunday´s race by more than a second.

The Fiat Yamaha rider and his crew concentrated mainly on rear tyre testing, using a variety of Michelin rubber in an attempt to find more grip.

Once the test had concluded Lorenzo told that `It is clear that Michelin has not been so successful in the last three races. We have not been competitive. Now in this test we have tried some new tyres and have tried to improve on the result of the race. It is important to understand what happened here and it is important for Michelin to give us better tyres in the next races.´

Regarding the overall tyre scenario in the World Championship at present the Majorcan youngster added, `It is a strange situation because at the beginning of the season, it was very good. I got pole position and second place in the first race then I was at the front in the next few races. Now the situation has changed. The Bridgestone riders are so fast and we don´t know if it is because Bridgestone have improved or if Michelin have got worse.´

Meanwhile, Lorenzo´s Manager within the Fiat Yamaha team, Daniele Romagnoli, stated positively, `From all of the Michelin material we tested, we have been able to find some improvements and now we hope that they can provide us with these tyres for Misano. We still have work to do but motivation in the team is still high for the final six races and everyone still has the same goal - to finish with some good races. We know that Jorge and the team deserve much better results than we had here in Brno, so we hope that we can turn things around in Misano.´

MotoGP, 2008, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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