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Lorenzo: “Our rivals are fast”

Lorenzo: “Our rivals are fast”

A top three finish for Jorge Lorenzo who battles front-end stability at the fast Phillip Island track.

With much improved weather conditions, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo was able to get to work properly at the Phillip Island test. The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion was one of only a handful of riders to venture out in the wet first thing in the morning and continued working throughout the day. Lorenzo was one of just three riders to complete 80 or more laps, his fastest coming on his 65th lap. Much of the work done on track was in an attempt to improve front-end stability, his YZR-M1 moving around under full throttle too much for the Spaniard’s liking. Despite runs of mostly under five laps, Lorenzo focused on improving his Yamaha while on used tyres and collected important data for his technicians.

Jorge Lorenzo: “I was concentrating on trying many things and when I had the good tyre on the front, the rear wasn‘t new so I couldn‘t improve and do a time attack. Our rivals are fast, especially Maverick, as he likes the track and he is riding very well. Today we have experienced some issues on the front with the stability to ride confidently with open throttle. I think it was a combination of the type of track, the type of tarmac and the type of corners, which are faster than Sepang and are inducing these problems. If we can solve the problem we can be much quicker, let‘s see if it‘s possible. Looking at what happened today, it looks like the new electronics are going to change the performance of the bikes a lot on other tracks. Someone can have an advantage at one track and maybe they have more problems at another. We have to understand how to be more competitive here to get the same advantage we had in Sepang.

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MotoGP, 2016, PHILLIP ISLAND MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T2, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, #AusTest

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