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Lorenzo: “I didn‘t expect to improve so much”

Lorenzo: “I didn‘t expect to improve so much”

Jorge Lorenzo made the best possible start to the Octo British Gran Prix, topping Friday practice.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo carried his pace from Brno to Silverstone as the MotoGP™ Championship leader topped combined times on Friday. It was close at the top as Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was a mere 0.033s behind the Yamaha rider. Lorenzo has historically gone well at Silverstone, claiming three victories in the past. The layout of Silverstone suits the Yamaha M1 and Lorenzo’s style with many fast and flowing corners, allowing the Mallorcan to carry high amounts of corner speed.

The final minutes of FP2 saw Lorenzo remain on old tyres, one of the only riders to do so. Lorenzo took the opportunity to test two different set ups on old Bridgestones as he and his team begin to explore race options. Cold ground temperatures saw tyre life more restricted than usual, improving tyre performance will be key if conditions remain the same. Many MotoGP™ riders also experienced issues with bumps on the circuit, car racing causing the asphalt to deform.

Jorge Lorenzo: “The feeling has been good from the beginning. I didn‘t expect to improve so much in the afternoon session on my first run, but my lap time was suddenly a second quicker and was fast enough for me to stay in first position. We still need to improve our pace a little bit, because the track is very cold and this made the tyre go down a little bit after every run. We need to work on the bike to make it easier on tyre-life to be able to keep up a higher pace. The car racing at Silverstone is making the asphalt very bumpy, especially on braking, and I think it‘s a bit slower compared to last year, but the bikes seem to be faster, making the lap times similar.”

MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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