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Lorenzo secures third on opening day at Brickyard

Lorenzo secures third on opening day at Brickyard

Jorge Lorenzo secured third in FP2 for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP after teammate Valentino Rossi topped the time sheets in FP1 at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Having just signed a two-year deal to continue with Yamaha, Lorenzo was able to fend off a strong Ducati challenge on track as well as overcome the ever present Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). A lap time of 1’33.424s had the two time MotoGP World Champion just over half a second slower than Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), who led FP2. The Mallorcan was able to achieve third despite having the slowest top speed of the top ten riders.

Rossi had adapted quickly to the altered Indianapolis layout and surface, topping the first free practice. The Italian was able to later improve his lap times, but dropped to ninth overall in the afternoon.

“Finally the resurfaced track doesn't seem so bad. The three corners that were in the past maybe a little bit too slow we don't have to use first gear for now so we don't lose so much speed on our competitors. Last year the bumps were quite bad, now the resurfacing of the track means they are gone,” commented Lorenzo.

He added, “We were the only ones to start the second practice with the soft rear tyre, the other ones took the old one from the morning so they could use a new soft tyre at the end. Finally we tried the hard option and it was ok, so it could be the tyre for Sunday.”

Rossi stated, “Here it’s difficult to decide on a tyre, because both the medium and the harder tyre are not bad. The softer tyre is a bit faster, but it will be difficult to make it last for the whole race, so we have to try to decide. I tried to put the softer tyre on at the end of the session and I improved my lap time. From the third position all riders are very close so I will have to do better.”

MotoGP, 2014, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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