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Lorenzo reflects on securing his first pole of the year

Lorenzo reflects on securing his first pole of the year

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo returned to pole position at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, enjoying his riding around a circuit where he always runs well.

The MotoGP™ riders had to get up to speed quickly on Saturday, as both of the Friday practice sessions were wet. Lorenzo was within the top three in both dry Free Practice sessions and has an excellent record at Misano having won there for three consecutive years.

Q2 saw Lorenzo challenged by Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) for pole position, the Italian taking advantage of his softer tyres and a recent private test at the track. Nonetheless, the Majorcan secured pole with a 1’33.238s lap, 0.051s clear of Iannone.

Teammate Valentino Rossi starts from third. This is Lorenzo’s first pole position since the Japanese Grand Prix last year.

Lorenzo commented, “It seems that Yamaha is working well here as Valentino is going fast too. I pushed the limited like always. I pushed very hard in the first two laps but I didn’t have the perfect lines. In the second run I pushed even harder and I ran wide in the first sector. In the last three sectors I think I made almost a perfect lap. It was very close but I made pole for the first time in almost a year.”

“The important thing is tomorrow, it’s the day we get the points so we have to make a good start and try to lead the race and win. Being on pole gives me a small advantage at the start so I will try to make profit of it and push away in the first laps. It won’t be easy to get away as Vale has a good pace and the others will be there but I’m going to try,” he added.

MotoGP, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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