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By Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Lorenzo: “We improved by more than a second”

Reigning world champion stages an impressive recovery in qualifying

Until the final few seconds of MotoGP™ Q2, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was on provisional pole for the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich after a stunning comeback. The reigning champion has struggled to find pace at the Ducati-dominated venue, but came up with a big improvement in qualifying to head up the second row, directly in front of key title rival Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).

Jorge Lorenzo (P4): “How things can change in MotoGP is just unbelievable, in just one day! Everything can affect the results and today the conditions helped us a lot. Our main rivals didn‘t improve their lap times a lot and we improved by a great difference, more than a second, and that‘s why we were closer and able to fight for pole position. I was very happy with the progression and the lap time. I thought I could be on the first row or even in first position, but finally in the last moment they overtook me. Still, second row is a good place, better than we expected before starting the Grand Prix.