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Disaster strikes for Jorge Lorenzo in Argentina as he struggles with track conditions, ending 14th on Friday.
After dominating the field in Qatar, Jorge Lorenzo came crashing back down to earth with a lack lustre 14th in FP2, his 1’42.819 putting him over a second behind the fastest rider. Track conditions did not suit the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider, unable to get comfortable on the bumpy and slippery surface of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. His silk smooth style can enable him to sprint away from the rest, but can also present major problems when there's a lack of grip. The hotter conditions of the afternoon session only made it worse for Lorenzo, he and his team working hard to find a solution.
In the closing stages of the session Lorenzo also failed to fit a new rear tyre, a mistake which he himself admitted may be a major one should it rain on Saturday. If he were unable to end FP3 inside the top ten, Lorenzo would be forced to fight through Q1 for the first time in his career. The new technical regulations may not have produced any major surprises in Qatar, but they certainly look set to shake the field up in Argentina.
Jorge Lorenzo: “The track is much worse than last year and I don‘t know why. There are some more bumps and less grip. It looks like our rivals are a lot better under these conditions. We have to understand what we can do to be fast with our bike. We hope it doesn‘t rain tomorrow and that the tarmac improves a little bit. Let‘s see if we can work on the bike to make it a more comfortable to ride.”
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