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Immediate comfort for Friday’s fastest Lorenzo

Immediate comfort for Friday’s fastest Lorenzo

Top of the timesheet in FP1 at his home race, the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, was the result of a good practice which pleased the Fiat Yamaha rider, and he has outlined his aim for day two.

Jorge Lorenzo is going for a third straight win at Montmeló this weekend as he attempts to tighten what is already a firm grip on the Championship lead, and the Fiat Yamaha rider started his home GP in the best possible manner with the fastest time of the opening practice.

A hot lap of 1’43.259 on the 17th of 27 turns placed Lorenzo 0.153s ahead of closest rival Casey Stoner, and the Spaniard felt good on his M1 straight away. “From the beginning of the practice I felt quite comfortable and the lap times were quite fast,” he said. “I didn’t really struggle to get on the fastest lap time of the session.”

The only issue encountered by Lorenzo was one with rear grip, but he put that largely down to the extremely hot conditions which saw the track surface measured at 52ºC during the session.

He continued: “The only problem was that the track was so slippery and I couldn’t improve so much on the lap time I set in the middle of the session. The rear was sliding a lot which was partly to do with the heat, but we will try to improve this tomorrow.”

Prior to the race Lorenzo stated that he did not feel under great pressure to win the second Spanish round of the season thanks to his triumph at Jerez earlier this season, and that a podium would be sufficient for his title challenge.

“I know all my fans want me to win and to be honest I would like to have the victory,” he admitted. “But we will see what happens during the next two sessions… we’ll see if the others improve their lap times and if I improve mine, and then tomorrow afternoon I’ll decide if I’ll go for a win or if I must be careful.”

Lorenzo’s Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg added that comparisons would be made between the setting used today and that from last year’s race to try and improve the bike as the weekend goes on.

"It was good to be fastest in these incredibly hot conditions, but we definitely have room for improvement because the bike didn't behave exactly how we wanted it to today,” said the Dutchman. “At the moment the problem is the rear sliding, so we need to look carefully at our setting and make some changes. Tomorrow we will compare Jorge's setting from last year to the one of today and see if we can make some small improvements."

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MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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