Lorenzo in fantastic mood as Rossi rides through the pain barrier

Friday, 30 April 2010

The Fiat Yamaha riders were second and fifth fastest respectively in the opening practice session at Jerez, both with different sensations.

Jorge Lorenzo ended the first practice at the Gran Premio bwin de España extremely pleased with how his Yamaha M1 machine is working, as the Spanish rider set the second fastest time of the session. For his team-mate Valentino Rossi it was a less enjoyable experience however as he continued to feel pain in his injured shoulder, but managed the fifth best time nevertheless.

Lorenzo has secured pole position for the premier class race at the Jerez circuit for the past two seasons, and as he goes for a third he is now not feeling any more pain in the hand he injured in pre-season and was delighted with how Friday had gone.

"I'm really happy with this first day,” stated Lorenzo, who was just 0.144s off the pace set by Casey Stoner in FP1. “Everything has gone well and I don't have any pain in my hand any more. I feel as good on the bike as I felt last year when I got pole, although my aim is to make sure I don't repeat the same mistake in the race this time! I always feel like I ride well here and I've already got a good pace; with some small modifications we can be even better. I don't think the perfect MotoGP bike exists but our Yamaha is definitely nearly there, maybe we just need a bit more top speed.”

He concluded: “Tomorrow my aim is to improve my pace just a bit more to be consistently in the 1’39”s; I'm excited about the weekend."

Rossi’s aim was to see how strong he felt on his bike after his recent motocross training accident in which he injured his shoulder, and the World Champion kept on the pace to record the fifth best time of the session at 0.628s off Stoner.

The Italian, who rode 25 laps, said: "The shoulder is a bit sore, especially in the two or three harder braking areas, but the most important thing is that I can ride! Of course this pain makes it more difficult but I was able to do 25 laps today without painkillers, and the pain didn't get any worse as the session went on. I didn't take any painkillers because I wanted to understand the level and so tomorrow and Sunday we will consider something for the pain.”

Turning his attention to technical issues, Rossi added: “Today we used two different settings and now we will decide which direction to go in for the rest of the weekend. We need to find a bit more rear grip in order to be more competitive, because at this moment this is slowing us down more than the shoulder."

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