Lorenzo second as Rossi falls to seventh

Lorenzo did not expect to be beaten
Saturday, 1 June 2013

Jorge Lorenzo admits that he did not forecast a Dani Pedrosa pole position in Italy on Saturday, having himself already beaten the Repsol Honda Team rider’s pole record from 2012. However, Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Valentino Rossi will start six places further back for his home Grand Prix.

Ultimately, Lorenzo missed out on the top spot by barely half a tenth of a second. Until today, the Mallorcan had been one of only two riders to claim a pole since the start of the 2013 campaign, and was sure he had done enough to earn himself a third.

“I was surprised by my lap time, a 47.6 – that was really impressive and I didn’t expect it,” the Mallorcan began. “I also didn’t expect the lap time from Dani on the second try. I expected to be on pole, but that happens sometimes…and other times it happens the other way round. Anyway, I think second is a good position for tomorrow.

“We have to try and make a good start to lead the race at the beginning because we have strong pace on the first two laps. It is going to be really difficult, as Dani and his team have improved the bike so much and he has improved his riding style; he is stronger with every practice session, so it is going to be difficult for us to fight with Dani and the Honda, but we are going to try until the end.”

Teammate Rossi looked to have collected his maiden front row starting place of the campaign, but tumbled down to seventh place in a last-minute reshuffle.

“The practices are not so bad because we have a good pace for the race, which is important,” says the Italian, who won at Mugello on seven successive occasions between 2002 and 2008. “As always in qualifying, we suffer more than the others. They use the slipstream of the others and are able to go a bit faster than me. Unfortunately I have to start on the third row but I’m quite happy because my pace is quite good, so I think with a good start I can do a good race. We will see tomorrow.”

Despite missing out on pole position, Lorenzo continues to lead the BMW M Award competition by 15 points from Dani Pedrosa.

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