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Jorge Lorenzo salvages a front row start at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina after a crash damaged one of his bikes.
During the final moments of Free Practice 4, Jorge Lorenzo became yet another victim of the tricky Turn 1 at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. While he was uninjured, his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP M1 sustained significant damage and was out of commission for Q2. This made the Qualifying session very tense, a fall, even a small one, could have spelt disaster for the World Champion. Fortunately no such issues occurred and Lorenzo set a 1’39.944 to secure third on the grid, Lorenzo one of only three riders under the 1’40 barrier.
He knows it won’t be easy on race day as Marc Marquez’s (Repsol Honda Team) race pace is looking formidable, on the previous Michelin tyres at least. After the session Michelin withdrew their rear tyre choices and introduced a third option with a harder carcass to avoid concerns over further issues. Never in the premier class has Jorge Lorenzo won the opening two races of a season. No Yamaha rider has won the opening two rounds of the year in the blue ribbon class since the legendary Wayne Rainey won the first two 500cc races in 1990. Having completed a perfect race day in Qatar, Lorenzo’s Sunday in Argentina looks to be a more difficult task but the five-time World Champion has climbed steeper mountains before.
Jorge Lorenzo: “Today we got a better day overall and we could make some important improvements with the set up and especially the track improved a lot so we had a very good first session. Unfortunately in the afternoon during FP4 a tyre issue put the session on stand by, due to the red flag and after that I crashed so we lost the opportunity to swap the bikes in the qualifying, but despite this the first row was the main goal and we were able to achieve it so I‘m quite satisfied.
"It‘s a very strange situation that I‘ve never encountered before. Unfortunately we had some issues in the recent past and it‘s definitely not a comfortable situation for the riders and the teams, but things are like that. I have great respect for Michelin and for the efforts they have put in these last few months to improve the 2016 tyres. Even considering this last inconvenience, I‘m sure they will keep on working because safety is the first priority in racing. Tomorrow the race will be extremely difficult. We‘ll have to start from zero but at least this is the same for all riders. Let‘s see how it goes tomorrow morning."
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