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Lorenzo on the pace at MotorLand

Lorenzo on the pace at MotorLand

The opening day of the Gran Premio de Aragón saw reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo wrapped up in good form, finishing second fastest, 0.449 seconds behind Dani Pedrosa in first in the only practice session of the day due to a power failure.

Team mate Ben Spies was also quick to find a good direction for his YZR-M1. The Texan rose to third using the softer tyres, only dropping in the time sheets to 11th as the rest of the field switched to faster rubber. The results leave the team optimistic for a strong performance from both riders in tomorrow in qualifying, after they participate in an extended morning session planned to compensate for the shortened first day.

Jorge Lorenzo:
“This morning we started in a good direction, finishing second just four tenths slower than Dani who was top. It’s too early to make too many conclusions because the track is too dirty so tomorrow will be the real day to see who is fastest. We are very disappointed to not be able to make the second start, we have so many things we wanted to try but at least we have an extra half an hour tomorrow to take profit from.”

Ben Spies:
“This morning was actually quite a good session for us; we were up to third position and then we opted not to change tyres and work on the set up. It seems everyone else tried the harder tyre in the end which worked a lot better so we’re looking forward to using that. We picked which set up we are going to move forward on so the end result of the session was definitely not what the bike is capable of. Tomorrow should be good. I’m annoyed about this afternoon, it’s no one persons fault but it’s frustrating.”

Yamaha Factory Racing press release

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMIO DE ARAGÓN, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

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