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Front row for Spies in rainy Mugello qualifying

Front row for Spies in rainy Mugello qualifying

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies took second place in today’s qualifying session at Mugello for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM in Mugello tomorrow. Team mate Jorge Lorenzo missed the window of opportunity for a front row start when weather conditions changed mid session.

The Assen Grand Prix race winner took advantage of limited dry time at the beginning of the session to put in his fastest time on his tenth lap and final full lap of the heat. Spies then sat out the rest of the session, safe in the knowledge his grid position could not be beaten in wet conditions. The Texan had been fourth fastest in the dry morning final free practice as he continued to hunt the perfect set up for the Mugello circuit.

Jorge Lorenzo enjoyed a slightly more frustrating qualifying session. The Mallorcan rider was still hunting his fastest lap when the conditions changed, denying him the opportunity of a front row start and relegating him to fifth for tomorrow’s race. The result was doubly frustrating as the morning’s free practice witnessed a blistering pace from the World Champion, the fastest rider of the session with a 1.48.080.

Ben Spies:
“Everybody only got about ten laps in this afternoon, we only used one set of tyres so we have plenty for tomorrow. We’re pretty confident we know which rubber we want to use after the qualifying session. I wish we could have had the whole hour in the dry but there you go, it was the same for everyone. We think we can make the bike a bit better for the race so we’ll work on it and I’m looking forward to challenging for the podium.”

Jorge Lorenzo:
“I've been riding pretty good this morning. The bike has been working well but at the end in qualifying I couldn't improve. It is very complicated riding in wet conditions and the pole has been for the rider who took more risks. It's a shame because I hoped for more! My aim is to try to be in front. For this it's important to get a good start. All my team is focused to do another good race; they are working so hard for our home Grand Prix. After Silverstone and Assen we wish to come back to the podium!”

Yamaha Factory Racing press release

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, QP, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

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