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Small issues have limited Jorge Lorenzo throughout the Italian GP, the Spaniard unable to advance past fifth in Qualifying.
As is almost always the case, Jorge Lorenzo was the first rider out on track for Q2 as he aimed to get the most out of the session. Throughout the weekend he had only once finished inside the top three of a practice session and was in need of a breakthrough in Qualifying. Lorenzo chose to attack Q2 with three runs, setting a best time of 1’46.882 on his final lap. Unfortunately this time was only good enough for fifth and Lorenzo ended 0.378s slower than Valentino Rossi. Fifth sees Lorenzo start off the front row for the first time in 2016, his first second row start since the Malaysian GP in 2015.
The issues limiting Lorenzo revolve mostly around braking but shouldn’t be as big an issue over race distance. The last seven years have seen the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider finish either first or second in Mugello, continuing that run could be a challenge on Sunday if issues aren’t resolved during morning Warm Up. Both Rossi and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) showed well during Free Practice 4 and a quick start will be vital for Lorenzo if he wants to stay with the Italian duo.
Jorge Lorenzo: “In all the practice sessions, for some reason, we couldn‘t take advantage of using a new tyre like the other riders and in qualifying I did my best over three laps but there is still something that‘s not good on the bike that we need to discover for tomorrow, especially on braking. I think that our pace is better than our position today suggests and tomorrow‘s race will be open with many riders having the possibility to win.”
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