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Eighth row one grid result of 2014 for Lorenzo

Eighth row one grid result of 2014 for Lorenzo

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo secured third on the grid at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, out-qualifying his rivals for second place in the championship.

Lorenzo was the first rider to exit the pits for the 15 minute Q2 session, eager to assess track conditions after light rainfall.

The qualifying session was characteristically close with just 0.008s separating Lorenzo in third from Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) in second. A time of 1’28.650s was 0.242s behind the pole lap of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).

With Marquez already being crowned World Champion, the three-way battle for second intensifies. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) are three points ahead of Lorenzo, but they qualified fifth and eighth respectively.

"All weekend everyone has struggled so much to get grip, especially on corner exit. Corner entry and grip at maximum lean angle have also caused problems. The tyres are harder so it’s hard to keep the same pace, we’re half a second to a second slower. But it’s the same for everybody," Lorenzo said.

He added, "We managed to get a very good set up, we’re very happy and we can keep a very constant pace. I tried my best to make the perfect lap, but it wasn’t enough. I had two very fast laps but they weren’t explosive enough. Anyway, third place is good and our rivals Rossi and Pedrosa are behind."

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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