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29 days ago
By Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Grip struggles for Lorenzo down under

3-time MotoGP™ World Champion looks ahead to the hotter temperatures of Malaysia

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had a difficult Q2 session at Phillip Island to line up in P12, before the Mallorcan had a fantastic launch off the line to move forward – but then found himself struggling with grip. After only one fully dry session ahead of the race to work on any issues – Warm Up – Lorenzo was unable to move much further forward and kept it on the road to take P6 and some points, and now looks forward to the warmer temperatures of Sepang International Circuit - hoping to take some steps with the bike. With new asphalt the track is not completely known territory, but Lorenzo will be on charge to score some serious points in his fight for P2 in the Championship behind his teammate, Valentino Rossi.

Jorge Lorenzo (P6): “The temperatures were the same as during the warm-up and we gave more or less the same performance and I made the same lap times, a 1‘30.4s. The grip level drop on the rear has been huge, from the beginning I didn‘t have grip, but that‘s the way it is. As soon as the track has less grip, we struggle more and the problems we have with the bike double or triple. In Malaysia we shouldn‘t have a problem with the cold, or grip as the track is new. It should have more grip than last year so I really look forward to a better result.”

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