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Jorge Lorenzo surprised even himself with his near perfect Qualifying lap, missing pole by under a tenth.
The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas had been an up and down weekend for Jorge Lorenzo, but Saturday saw his fortunes change as he flew to second place on the grid. Lorenzo was the first rider out on track for the 15 minute Q2 battle, immediately setting a 2’03.613. Not only was this his first 2’03 lap of the weekend, but it also stood as the provisional fastest lap of the weekend overall. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) would eventually overthrow the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP man at the top, but Lorenzo went back out and improved to a 2’03.257. For the first time all weekend a rider was within a tenth of Marquez as Lorenzo missed pole by a mere 0.069s. While he was pleased to have produced such an impressive time, part of him was also disappointed to miss pole position by such a small margin.
On two previous occasions Lorenzo has started the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas from the front row, second his best ever grid position. On only one occasion has the Majorcan finished on the podium at the American track, back in 2013. Since then he has achieved a tenth and fourth place finish. While Marquez may appear as a clear favourite for the race, Lorenzo’s ability to remain smooth and consistent may help him remain in the battle for victory at the demanding Circuit of the Americas.
Jorge Lorenzo: “Little by little we are coming closer and closer. I was very focused to make the fastest lap time as soon as possible, we made a great first lap then I didn't expect to improve so much, more or less half a second more, and stay so close to Marquez. I was really pleased, really proud, it was a pity to not be in first place as we were only half a tenth slower than Marc but I think we made a great job in these two days and we are quite ready for tomorrow. It will be a long race with different tyres and for sure the physical condition and concentration will be hard, and to stay on the bike will be important!”
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