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Lorenzo and Spies optimistic for Le Mans race

Lorenzo and Spies optimistic for Le Mans race

Saturday’s qualifying session at Le Mans for Sunday’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, was a tough session for Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies who finished in fifth and eighth respectively. However, both riders are optimistic for better results in the race.

Lorenzo made another step forward in set-up, going nearly a second faster than yesterday’s free practice. The Mallorcan spent the session hunting for further grip from his Yamaha YZR-M1. A front row start was looking possible, before dropping to fifth at the end. The current MotoGP World Champion will start in the middle of the second row.

Spies was also making improvements from Friday practice, the American finding an extra 0.7s in qualifying. A flying lap at the end of the session was unfortunately interrupted by another rider obstructing him, leaving him in eighth place, on the third row of the grid for the race.

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

“We start on the second row for tomorrow, we will try to keep our pace of 1’34.0 or 1’34.1s. If we can do this then maybe we can fight for the podium. If other riders make some mistakes and are not fast enough and we are a little bit faster, then it’s possible to fight for more. It’s our goal and this is what we are going to try for the race. I am optimistic though, I think we are not very far from Pedrosa or Dovizioso and if I can improve my riding and be a bit faster on the race and they struggle a little bit we can be with them.”

Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

“It was an ok session for us, we got held up a bit on our quick lap but in all actuality, I’ve been building up more confidence through the weekend and feeling better with the bike. We’re going to make a change for tomorrow and hopefully we can find something. We have pretty good pace for the race and I’m quite confident we can get some decent points.”

MotoGP, 2011, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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