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Lorenzo: “I‘ve been riding with old tyres all day”

Lorenzo: “I‘ve been riding with old tyres all day”

A cold track brings Jorge Lorenzo down as he attempts to start a race simulation on the final day of testing.

Until the final day of testing in Phillip Island, the off season had been almost flawless for Jorge Lorenzo. The 2015 MotoGP™ World Champion had dominated in Sepang and was again looking strong in Australia despite front-end stability issues. Having spent the majority of Friday on used tyres, Lorenzo fitted his final new rear slick for a flying lap but had to cancel the lap due to a fall from Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team). Subsequently the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider went out for a race simulation but fell on his first lap at Turn 10 due to a cold track and slight over braking. While uninjured, this ended Lorenzo’s test early, but with 145 laps completed across the three days he felt he had completed much of his work.

A best time of 1’29.760 put Lorenzo ninth on Friday, but his 1’29.357 from Thursday had the triple MotoGP™ World Champion in a respectable fourth overall. Young Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) led the test overall with Lorenzo just 0.226s shy of his time. The paddock now have a short break before testing resumes on the second of March in Qatar ahead of the season opener.

Jorge Lorenzo: “We didn‘t have a lot of time to test in the morning and I did the lap time I set this morning on a rear tyre that already had done 24 laps. I‘ve been riding with old tyres all day because we only had one more new tyre. When we finally got a dry track and time to try that last new rear tyre to set a decent lap time, Laverty crashed and I had to cancel that lap. I then decided to try a race simulation, but I crashed on the first lap because the track was very cold. There were a lot of crashes during this time of the day. I was very dedicated and braked a little bit too hard for the grip of the front tyre and I crashed, so I ended the test and I‘m going home. Sepang, for us, has been an unbelievable test. Here things changed completely because the layout of the track is the opposite. Let‘s see what happens in Qatar.”

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MotoGP, 2016, T3, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, #AusTest

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