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Lorenzo: “I think the bike can be further improved”

Lorenzo: “I think the bike can be further improved”

A near perfect start to the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix for Jorge Lorenzo as he launches a last title assault.

Immediately getting to work, Jorge Lorenzo made his intentions clear during Free Practice One of the Malaysian GP. The Movistar Yamaha rider is doing his utmost to make his teammate push at 100% if he wants the 2015 title, Lorenzo setting the pace from the word go in Sepang. Although he didn’t lead FP1, Lorenzo would top the day with a 2’00.246 while rival Valentino Rossi ended down in fifth. With every session potentially vital to closing the championship gap, Lorenzo worked with hyper efficiency in both practice sessions to get the most data he could. The MotoGP™ World Championship was lucky to avoid the usual tropical storms on Friday, but may not be so lucky on Saturday as rain is predicted.

Setup was the main focus of both sessions, but with eight minutes remaining in FP2 Lorenzo joined in the now tradition pre-Qualifying shootout to set his 2’00.246. This second session offered a better preview as to what the conditions of Sunday’s race might be. Riders have yet to drop into the 1’59s as grip levels have dropped significantly since winter testing. Regardless of grip, Lorenzo feels he can be competitive in most conditions and that his Yamaha M1 can still be improved.

Jorge Lorenzo: “We are working very well on the setting of the bike. We have a good pace both with the old and the new tyre, we just need to improve some details, but overall it‘s good. This afternoon it was very hot. It will depend on tomorrow‘s weather, but I think the bike can be further improved so I can better my lap time."

MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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