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Lorenzo ‘much more competitive’ in Australia

Lorenzo ‘much more competitive’ in Australia

Jorge Lorenzo was very much buoyed by his performance at Phillip Island on Friday, leading both practice sessions as the Tissot Australian Grand Prix weekend began.

Making the most of the new track surface at the southern Australian venue, Lorenzo topped the timesheets in both sessions, leading the day’s combined classification from championship rival Marc Marquez and Alvaro Bautista.

“I feel that here we are much more competitive than in Malaysia,” the Yamaha Factory Racing rider stated in the afternoon. “There are some problems with the wind in some corners, where we cannot keep the front wheel on the ground, so we need to improve that for tomorrow. In general, every step we make with the bike works, so little by little we have improved and been faster.

“The tyre feels consistent, also, so let’s see if we can improve the little issue with the front. The new tarmac is much better, you can push with more confidence and there are less bumps. The exit of Turn 6 (Siberia) has a little bump, but apart from that corner everything is much better.”

Teammate Valentino Rossi also ended Day 1 contented.

“I’m happy about today, especially this afternoon as we were able to improve the settings of the bike a lot,” began the Italian, who last finished on the Phillip Island rostrum in 2010. “I’m happy about my pace, I’m consistent and also quite fast - I can stay on a 1’29, even with used tyres. We have to improve some areas, especially Turn 4 to try to go faster, and we need to exit the last corner in a better way. We also need to work for the edge of the tyre, especially on the left as it's a big stress.

“The track is fantastic with good weather like today. The new surface is very good, so it's a great pleasure to ride the M1 here. We are all very close and we are quite fast. The track is easier to ride like this because the new tarmac has more grip and less bumps. It’s easier but we have to be faster! The lines are more or less the same.”

Last year, Lorenzo wrapped up his second MotoGP™ title in Australia, whereas Rossi has only failed to make the Phillip Island podium on three occasions.

MotoGP, 2013, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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