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Lorenzo returns to the front row

Lorenzo returns to the front row

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo scored his first front row start of the season on Saturday, taking second in qualifying for the Gran Premio Red Bull de la Republica Argentina race.

In an unusual move Lorenzo was the last to exit the pit lane in qualifying, waiting for quiet space on the track. The Mallorcan then returned to the pits to switch to the softer option rear tyre, helping him to jump three places further up to second, securing his first front row start of the season with a 1’38.425 second lap, 0.742s from pole.

An optimistic Lorenzo commented, “We are trying to solve every challenge we can to be as competitive as possible. Today we made a small modification before the qualifying practice that proved to be good.”

“It was better entering the corner and also gave us more traction so I could be a bit faster. I pushed at the maximum with the soft tyre to make a fast lap time and was able to make it. We are trying our best to be as competitive as possible and take the maximum so we are satisfied with the result,” he explained.

Teammate Valentino Rossi got straight down to business, scoring a temporary fifth place on his first flying lap with a 1’39.421. With just over five minutes remaining he was back out and breaking under the 1’39 mark. The nine time World Champion put in 1’38.949 on his sixth lap to take sixth on the grid.

Rossi added, “I am happy about today, it was a good practice. This morning we improved a lot the bike and this afternoon I had a good pace and was quite constant. Unfortunately I wanted to make it better in the fastest lap but I was not able to make the last 10%. I am in the second row that is quite good, we have to work and decide the tyres but I have a good feeling.”


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