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Jorge Lorenzo set a blistering pace as the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion topped Friday’s practice at Le Mans by 0.339s.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo sent out a warning to his rivals by showing an ominous race pace at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France during Friday’s Practice. The just turned 29-year-old was the only rider to dip under the 1‘33s mark and finished over three-tenths ahead of Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) in second.
The Mallorcan had to play second fiddle to Dani Pedrosa in FP1 as he finished just 0.044s behind his compatriot with a 1’34.086 after working on finding a good setting with his YZR-M1. Things would improve in the afternoon and it only took a couple of minutes for him to take over at the top the timesheets with a hot lap of 1‘33.572. Though already in the lead, he had one more trick up his sleeve. With the expectation that tomorrow‘s conditions might not be as good as today‘s, he gave a final push in the last minutes of the session to be assured of a spot in Q2 and set a brilliant 1‘32.830s lap to secure first as he looks to close the 17 point gap to championship leader Marc Marquez come Sunday’s race.
Jorge Lorenzo: “I am very satisfied because from the beginning we started with a good setting and I was relatively fast, quite comfortably. In the afternoon we improved the bike a little bit and we went even faster with quite a big difference, a couple of tenths, to the rider in second place. It wasn‘t just one lap, we also had a good pace so it was a very good start to the weekend. Let‘s see if tomorrow we can increase the pace a little bit more and prepare for the race to our best capabilities.”
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