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Lorenzo: “I was a little bit afraid”

Lorenzo: “I was a little bit afraid”

Lorenzo converted a strong start at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix to a front row start for Sunday’s race.

With six premier class podiums Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has the most podiums of any MotoGP™ World Championship rider. Despite this fact Indianapolis is seen as a Honda track, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) having claimed wins on both occasions he has raced at Indy in the MotoGP™ class. Throughout the weekend Lorenzo has shown that the layout modification, specifically changes to the final chicane, have greatly helped Yamaha riders as he led Friday practice.

In typical Lorenzo fashion, he was the first to leave the pits in Q2 and utilized a two-stop strategy to run three tyres. The first two tyres left Lorenzo outside the top five, floundering in eighth position. Fortunately Lorenzo and his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team had focused on saving medium compound tyres for Qualifying, giving Lorenzo another run. A final do-or-die lap produced a 1’32.186 and put Lorenzo on the front row in third.

Jorge Lorenzo: “Our competitors were very explosive and fast, especially during qualifying on one lap. It‘s always difficult to beat them during the practices, not just at this track, but in general. I was a little bit afraid before putting in the last tyre, because I was in sixth position. Luckily for me I managed over the weekend to save one more tyre and in the third try-out I was able to improve my time by half a second and that gave me first row. This is vital, because tomorrow Marc can go very quickly from the beginning and it‘s important to be as close to him as possible. It will be a long race, I think we have a good pace and we didn‘t improve the bike as we expected, but we still have the warm up to try some things.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Q2, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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