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Jorge Lorenzo does battle for MotoGP™ supremacy in FP3, ending just 0.137s off the top spot.
Free Practice 2 of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar did not go to plan for Jorge Lorenzo, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider down in ninth place. High winds caused the current MotoGP™ World Champion to struggle, half a second off the pace. Luckily for Lorenzo, the winds dropped during Free Practice 3 allowing him to push to his maximum. As a result Lorenzo ended the session, and the day overall, as the second fastest rider thanks to an impressive 1’54.776. Interestingly, Lorenzo was one of only two riders in the top five to set his time at the start of a run, the rest taking several laps to get their tyres up to temperature.
Lorenzo’s knowledge of how to get the tyres to work quickly will be valuable come Q2 when MotoGP™ riders have just 15 minutes to battle for pole position. Being able to get the most out of his tyres quickly could allow Lorenzo to do multiple runs and thus have multiple chances to set a flying lap. With much of Friday’s work focused on improving the setting of his bike with an eye towards race day, Lorenzo remains confident even with the slow start.
Jorge Lorenzo: “In the first practice there was some wind and we struggled a lot to be competitive compared to the other riders, it looked like the wind affected them less. In the evening, especially in the last laps, there was no wind and we were able to be competitive and try different tyres. Finally we have an idea of which compound is better for the race, but I would like to improve my pace a little bit more. We are in the top group, but I would like to have an advantage. Let‘s see if we can do it tomorrow before qualifying.”
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