Lorenzo hails ‘amazing’ Marquez lap

Lorenzo hails ‘amazing’ Marquez lap
Saturday, 14 September 2013

Jorge Lorenzo expected more from qualifying at Misano on Saturday. Although he managed second place, the current title holder trailed pole-sitter and championship leader Marc Marquez by no less than half a second.

Lorenzo has won the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini for the past two years, but on Saturday was aiming for his first Misano pole since 2008.

“I expected to struggle less this weekend and go faster than last year, but I couldn’t be faster and I couldn't improve the bike so much,” admitted the Yamaha Factory Racing rider. “We improved a little, but not enough to be closer to Marc. He made an amazing lap. We are struggling to stop the bike in braking and we have more spinning than normal in acceleration - that is why the lap time is not great.

“I will try to make a good start tomorrow and maybe the best strategy is to follow Marc and see how our performance is during the race.”

Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi will start third, as both the Spaniard and Italian race with seamless shifter gearboxes for the very first time.

“We are satisfied with yesterday and today because we worked very well during the practice, I was always strong and we improved the setting step-by-step,” explains nine-time World Champion Rossi. “This afternoon my bike was fantastic; it had a great setting with a lot of grip. With the second tyre, I was alone with no traffic; I pushed very much from the first corner, with a great feeling with the bike, and I improved my lap time a lot.

“I’m happy because it's very important to start on the front row tomorrow, as Marc and Dani (Pedrosa) are very fast and also Lorenzo is very strong and very fast. Tomorrow I want to be on the podium, so starting with them from the beginning is important to fight for it. I want a great race and I want to be on the podium!”

With six races remaining in 2013 including that of Misano this weekend, Lorenzo and Rossi sit third and fourth in the Riders’ Championship, respectively 39 and 77 points in arrears of Marquez who has led since the German Grand Prix in mid-July.

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