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Lorenzo leaves it late to find form

Lorenzo leaves it late to find form

Jorge Lorenzo left it late in FP3, eventually taking seventh to secure a spot in Saturday’s Q2 session with the top ten riders for Sunday’s Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Lorenzo battled a lack of grip on the Losail circuit as he struggled to set up his YZR-M1 for the first race of 2014. Having completed the second practice of the weekend in 11th earlier in the evening the double MotoGP champion went in to the third session sitting outside the top ten.

As the minutes wound down a mid-session smattering of rain threatened to complicate matters further. In the final moments Lorenzo rose to the occasion under pressure, pulling out a 1’55.495 lap on the medium rear tyre to climb several places and take seventh at the end of the practice, securing a place in the second qualifying session.

He summed things up briefly, stating, “We had the same feeling today with little grip on the rear with the soft tyre. We tried to adapt to the situation and the positive thing is that we are closer to the faster riders with race pace, maybe three or four tenths instead of one second so let’s see if tomorrow we can improve a bit more.”

MotoGP, 2014, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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