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Front and rear give contrasting problems for Rossi and Lorenzo

Front and rear give contrasting problems for Rossi and Lorenzo

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo placed third and fifteenth, respectively, in free practice on Friday.

Both Valentino Rossi and Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo were having grip issues at Motegi on Friday, with the Bridgestone front and Michelin rear presenting distinct problems for the split-garage.

Valentino Rossi - Third

`This morning it was quite wet and we were very fast from the start. We found a good setting and the Bridgestone wet tyre worked very well for me. This afternoon in the dry however we had a few more problems and Stoner and Pedrosa were both faster than me. At the moment we´re missing a bit of front grip. This track is always quite hard and it doesn´t suit our M1 perfectly; at the moment we have some issues in the slow corners and we're suffering a bit. Anyway, we were still third so it´s not a big problem and I am sure we will be able to improve tomorrow. I hope the weather is better for the rest of the weekend!´

Jorge Lorenzo - Fifteenth

`Today has been strange because usually I´m not so fast in the wet but fast in the dry; today was the opposite! I don´t really know what happened this afternoon but I felt like I didn´t have enough grip in the rear on the entrance to the corner and so I didn´t have enough confidence to go fast. It felt a bit like in Donington and Assen. We´re working hard now in the team and together with Michelin and we gathered a lot of data so I hope that tomorrow we will be able to find a way to improve it. I know that I also need to work on my riding style a bit for this track. Anyway, it seems that tomorrow it will be hotter so I think this will help us as well.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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