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Lorenzo: “I’m very happy with the pole”

Lorenzo: “I’m very happy with the pole”

Jorge Lorenzo was delighted to set a new lap record and secure a record-breaking 63rd GP pole position and his first in MotoGP™ at Le Mans.

Lorenzo had his signature start to the qualifying session, waiting for all other riders to leave the pit lane before rushing out on his YZR-M1. The Mallorcan had set a 1’32.533 in FP3 and continued where he had left off, dropping to a 1‘32.437 on his first flying lap, the best lap of the weekend at that time. He further extended his lead by setting a 1‘32.236 before heading back to the pits with more than seven minutes remaining.

Two minutes later Lorenzo was back on track and had just enough time left for two more hot laps. Despite a slight error on his first attempt, he made a stunning recovery. He waited until the last moment to show his blistering pace and became the fastest man ever around the Le Mans Bugatti circuit, posting a new lap record of 1'31.975s, extending his lead to 0.441s. In the process Lorenzo secured a record-breaking 63rd GP pole position, surpassing his teammate Valentino Rossi as the man with the most pole positions in World Championship history. It was also the first lap record set with the new Michelin tyres since they became the sole tyre supplier to MotoGP™ at the start of the season.

Lorenzo now looks to cut the 17-point gap to championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in Sunday’s race, which starts at 14:00 Local Time.

Jorge Lorenzo: “From the beginning, the first practice on Friday, everything went very well already with our first setting. Little by little and practice by practice together with the whole team we improved small details in all the corners to create a bike that allowed me to keep a constant pace. I was using the same old tyres throughout free practice 4 and normally that means that when you use new tyres you can be very fast and that‘s what happened today. I didn‘t expect to set such an unbelievable lap time, but sometimes the lap time surprises you and I‘m very happy with the pole position and the lap record and especially with the work we did with the whole team on the bike.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Q2, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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