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Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had a tough weekend in Phillip Island that saw him take home P6 in cooler temperatures. Struggling to warm up the tyres has been an issue for some in 2016, but the heat of Sepang International Circuit is sure to go a long way to counteract the issue for those affected – as well as creating the daunting physical challenge of the 40 minute race in extreme conditions. With new asphalt in Malaysia, it’s back to square one for all the grid despite the pre-season test at the venue, and Lorenzo has his sights on the podium.
Jorge Lorenzo: “The result in Phillip Island was unexpected for me. We struggle too much in these types of condition and I was not able to ride the way I wanted to. The temperature was too cold and that is why I suffered a lot, it was difficult to warm up the tyres. Sepang is a very different track. We know the layout pretty well because usually we test there a lot of times, but this season something has changed. The asphalt is new and will be different from what we checked out during the preseason. I‘m not expecting any issues with the tyre temperature this weekend because of the Malaysian heat so I‘m going to try to fight for the podium again.”
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