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Lorenzo ready for podium battle in Qatar

Lorenzo ready for podium battle in Qatar

Fastest on day one at the Official MotoGP Test on Saturday and fourth in the BMW M Award Sunday afternoon session, Jorge Lorenzo was upbeat as he left Jerez.

Spanish star Jorge Lorenzo wrapped up the preseason preparations for his second year in the premier class in fourth place on the timesheets in Sunday’s 45-minute BMW M Award run - and he was pleased with the visit to Andalusia overall.

The factory Yamaha youngster was Saturday’s best rider in Jerez and lapped second fastest on Sunday morning behind the day’s best performer Casey Stoner – whose brilliance Lorenzo later acknowledged.

Another good sign for Lorenzo on Sunday was a run of consistent 1’40 laps at the end of the early session as he demonstrated the current strength of his M1 package.

In the afternoon showdown the Majorcan rider lapped 1.183s off Stoner’s pace, behind team-mate Valentino Rossi and veteran Italian Loris Capirossi on the timesheet.

Lorenzo was strong on Michelin qualifying tyres early last season, taking pole position for his first three premier class races, including the 2008 Grand Prix at Jerez, but is still getting accustomed to notching fast laps on his new Bridgestone material.

Summarising the Official MotoGP Test in his typically upbeat and confident manner Lorenzo stated, “The important thing is that I have felt really good on both days here, I have been consistently fast and I am definitely prepared to fight for the podium at the first race in Qatar.”

He continued, “Yesterday was good but today it was a lot colder and I found it harder to be as fast because the conditions were quite different. Today Stoner was so fast with the soft tyre and I didn’t have a chance to catch him.”

His Team Manager Daniele Romagnoli, meanwhile, commented, “After yesterday and this morning’s sessions we expected to be closer to the front, but we couldn’t get there today. We used the harder tyre that we selected yesterday, with which Jorge had his best performance, but unfortunately the weather was colder today and so the potential for a few fast laps was higher with the softer tyre today.”

“Our race pace is good, but obviously we still need to keep working to keep up with Casey, because he is very fast. Next time it will be the real thing in Qatar, where we had a very good test, and we’re confident that Jorge can be at the top.”

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MotoGP, 2009, Jorge Lorenzo

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