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Lorenzo: “The track is very slippery”

Lorenzo: “The track is very slippery”

A successful first day at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix for Jorge Lorenzo who finishes just 0.050s behind the top.

Just 18-points separate Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, each race and every session are vital for Lorenzo as he aims to claim his third premier class world title. The Australia GP got off to the same solid start the previous rounds have; Lorenzo topped FP1 with ease and continued his pace into FP2 but was bested by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda). As FP1 was brought to a premature end due to rain, much of FP2 was spent testing the asymmetric tyre Bridgestone bring especially for the unique demands of Phillip Island. However track conditions were less than ideal as grip has begun to drop and bumps to form after the resurfacing in 2012.

As always the final five minutes FP2 become a time attack, all MotoGP™ riders improving their times despite the lack of rear grip. Lorenzo was able to improve to a 1’29.433, one of six riders below the 1’30 mark. Meanwhile, Rossi ended the day down in ninth position and 0.6s down on his Spanish teammate. At this early stage Lorenzo seems to have the advantage, but as in the last rounds anything can happen on race day especially at a circuit famous for its rapid weather changes.

Jorge Lorenzo: “We have tried some settings, but in general we have a good basis. The track is very slippery, it‘s a lot worse than it was two years ago and last year. It‘s bumpier as well, but that‘s the same for all the riders. Our pace is very good, we just need to improve the acceleration a bit and some other details for tomorrow.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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