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Lorenzo prepared for hardest race of season

Lorenzo prepared for hardest race of season

A third pole position in a row in the sweltering conditions at the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya delighted the Fiat Yamaha rider, and he is anticipating a tough race on Sunday.

Jorge Lorenzo’s domination continued on day two of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya as the current World Championship leader topped the second practice and then qualifying in the scorching heat at Montmeló.

A fastest lap of 1’42.046 gave the Fiat Yamaha rider his third consecutive pole position as he set his time towards the end of the session, spending the best part of the hour working on tyre combinations and set-up on a track that measured 53ºC.

"I'm really happy with this third pole position, it seems we're doing a very good job and it's very special to get it at my home round,” he explained. “It was a hard session but finally I was able to do some quick laps at the end with the soft tyre. It is so hot here and I think it's easy to say that tomorrow will be the hardest race so far this season. I will have to concentrate extra hard in this weather and also make sure that my physical condition is the best it can be.”

Lorenzo continued: “The tyres are going to be very important and we still have to make a final choice; before the practice we thought we had chosen but we're not so sure now so we will have to make our final decision tomorrow after warm-up. Some riders will take some risks with tyre choice and maybe will use the soft tyre, we must check if the soft could better or if it will be the hard.”

The 23 year-old’s current lead at the top of the standings is 47 points ahead of tomorrow’s race and victory would be his first in the premier class at Montmeló, following his second place there in the race of the season last year.

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

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