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Lorenzo: “It was a pity that I had problems”

Lorenzo: “It was a pity that I had problems”

Tyre issues halted Jorge Lorenzo’s pole position challenge, chatter and a lack of grip forcing him to cancel a lap and use a third tyre.

While many of his rivals eased into their fast laps during Free Practice 4, Jorge Lorenzo was immediately on the pace and set his best lap time of the weekend almost immediately. This saw him top yet another session at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, making it three out of four practice sessions with his name on top of the timing screens. A similar strategy followed in Q2, Lorenzo once again the first rider out of the pits and pushing from the word go. He and his team had looked set to use a two stop strategy, but issues with the second tyre he put in caused Lorenzo to abort his second lap due to chattering in the rear. Luckily it was only a slow lap and on his third run Lorenzo set a 1’38.858 for a provisional pole position. His Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammate Valentino Rossi would push him to second, Lorenzo settling for second and his ninth conescutive front row start at Jerez.

From the front row of the grid, Lorenzo is in prime position to once again make a strong start and do his best to recreate his 2015 start to finished victory. In Free Practice 4 Lorenzo demonstrated he can lap in the 1’39s with ease so heads into the 27-lap race quietly confident. But with the like of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) starting on the front row as well, nothing can be certain as both riders live for the thrill of battle.

Jorge Lorenzo: “Second place is not bad. Obviously I wanted the pole position, but it was a pity that I had problems with the second tyre. It was chattering on the straight and in the corners it had no grip so I cancelled the lap as not to crash and also because it wasn‘t worth it, the lap was slow anyway. With the third tyre it was OK and I made a good lap time, a 1‘38.8s, not enough for pole position but enough to be on the first row and that‘s important. I think, after Free Practice 4, that we‘ve got a great pace; a fast pace in the beginning and later a constant pace, so let‘s hope to repeat this tomorrow in the race.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, Q2, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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