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A long run the focus of the day for Jorge Lorenzo as he seeks to further his understand of his 2016 Yamaha.
For the majority of testing, riders, including Jorge Lorenzo, have focused on short runs of six or seven laps. On Thursday in Qatar Jorge Lorenzo did one of his longest runs aboard the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP machine, setting 13 consecutive flying laps with the majority in the mid to low 1’56 range. Although he was third fastest on the second day of the Qatar Test, this pace looks a step above the rest of the riders. Lorenzo’s time of 1’55.452 from Wednesday still stands as his best time of the test.
Friday will be the last chance the MotoGP™ riders have to test before the season begins at Qatar on the 17th of March, free from the pressure of a race weekend. Lorenzo will be looking to get more traction from the Qatar circuit, grip proving to be his biggest hurdle on Thursday. Given his pace in less than ideal conditions if Lorenzo can improve his grip issues he will no doubt be in contention to get his championship defense off to a strong start.
Jorge Lorenzo: “Today it has been a little bit more difficult for us to go faster than yesterday, because the track seemed a little more slippery. We tried many things to solve the electronics and the tyres and, although we didn't make any big improvements, we‘re still in the top three, that‘s a good thing. I also did longer stints to understand the behaviour of the bike after some laps, so I‘m satisfied because I could keep a higher pace during more laps than yesterday.”
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