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Lorenzo secures second successive front row

Lorenzo secures second successive front row

Track temperatures of 50°C provided the background to a Saturday duel for pole position between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in qualifying at the Gran Premio bwin de España.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Lorenzo led for much of the session, taking second at the end to secure his place on the front row of the grid for the race.

Lorenzo dropped immediately into the 1’38s with a 1’38.541 lap. He was unable to improve on his lap time, but remained unchallenged until the last minute as rival Spaniard Marquez took pole, just over four tenths ahead of him.

Lorenzo stated, “We tried our best to make the best lap time, but unfortunately with the second tyre I don't know why I it didn't feel the same, it felt a little more slippery which is why I didn't improve my lap. The goal was to stay in the first row; that was important.”

The Spaniard added, “Obviously pole position would be better but the most important thing is to start well in the race, I think we have a good pace so we can definitely fight at the front. It will be important to stay close at the front for the first couple of laps, the rear tyre is going to drop a lot but I feel physically good as I did last year which will be very important for the race.”

Nine time World Champion Valentino Rossi’s first flying lap of 1’39.050 gave him second initially before he dropped to third as the pace increased. Following a change to the rear and front of the bike he was back on track with five minutes remaining.

With three minutes left on the clock he dipped into the 1’38s with a 1’38.857 and looked safe for third on the grid until rival Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) pushed the Italian to fourth.

Rossi commented, “I wanted to try for the front row but I knew it would be very difficult. In all the practice and also this afternoon I wasn't very far from the top three and my lap time is good. I’m quite satisfied because it’s the best qualifying and especially I feel good with the bike. I will try to do the maximum to stay with the top three. We still have to improve something with acceleration as with the high temperature we spin a lot. We will decide on the tyre when we see the temperature.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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