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Lorenzo: “We need to work a bit more on the front”

Lorenzo: “We need to work a bit more on the front”

Fresh from lifting the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship Jorge Lorenzo was back in action at the Valencia test today.

Movistar Yamaha’s Lorenzo stayed with his 2015 machine in the morning to allow him to work on adapting to the new Michelin tyres, before giving a debut to the 2016 M1 in the afternoon.

The Spaniard focused mostly on finding a good setup and without the pressure to do a time attack, he gradually picked up the pace over a total of 41 laps. His best time of the day was a 1‘31.767s for fifth place, 0.216s off the front.

Jorge Lorenzo: “It is fantastic to ride around as the World Champion. It‘s an unbelievable feeling, I couldn‘t be happier. The situation during the whole championship and especially the last race couldn‘t have been more emotional, but I still have to test the Michelin tyres and I can‘t relax and enjoy it completely because I need the tension to not make a mistake and crash. We started the test with completely the same bike as the race, just with the Michelin tyres. At the beginning it was difficult to get good lap times, but by changing the setting of the bike little by little, we improved the feeling of the front quite a bit. We didn‘t solve the problem completely. I now have a feeling that I think everybody has; at the entry of the corner we lose a bit of stability and also when reaching the maximum lean with throttle the front can close suddenly if you push so much. It‘s the opposite for the rear tyre, it‘s fantastic! It‘s unbelievably grippy and it gives you a very good feeling. We need to work a bit more on the front.”

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MotoGP, 2016, VALENCIA MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, Jorge Lorenzo

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