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Work to do for Rossi and Lorenzo

Work to do for Rossi and Lorenzo

After the first two free practice sessions for the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, former World Champion Valentino Rossi and current title-holder Jorge Lorenzo have a bridge to gap - in order to match the pace of their Honda rivals.  

Rossi made some improvement over the two practice sessions to wrap up the day in fourth in the combined times. The Italian made a 0.5 second improvement over the two sessions and finished 0.115 seconds behind Cal Crutchlow in third, but still trailed pace man Dani Pedrosa by nearly a second at the end of the day.

“For me personally, especially this afternoon, it was a good practice because we improved the setting of the bike a lot,” stated Rossi. “We improved with the new tyre and with the old tyre I can stay with a good pace so I feel better on the bike. For sure we have to improve, but this afternoon I feel good. It seems our competitors are a little faster than us but I will try 100% because in the last races Jorge is always there fighting at the front. It will be hard but we have to concentrate on the bike. We are not very far but we have a small gap to recover.”

Lorenzo had a tougher first day in Sepang. The Mallorcan struggled to find an optimum set up for the Malaysian circuit with mid-corner grip issues affecting his final times. He completed the first day in fifth overall, 0.085 seconds behind his teammate Rossi.

“We are investigating what happened today because I didn't have confidence in the middle of the corners and also with acceleration,” said a disappointed Lorenzo. “I had a lot of spinning and the bike is very aggressive so we have to see what we can change for tomorrow to try to get back a good feeling with the bike again.”


MotoGP, 2013, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GP, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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