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Lorenzo back in the top five

Ducati rider continues reeling in the front

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) has made steady progress a calling card of preseason so far in 2017, but the ‘Spartan’ was off to a more flying start in Qatar after topping Day 1 for some time before ending the session P5 by the end of play.

A 1:55.617 was Lorenzo’s best lap of 46, with even more positives for Ducati to be found at the top of the timesheets as Andrea Dovizioso led the way – and gave the Mallorcan a margin of improvement to work towards.

Jorge Lorenzo, P5: “This has been my best first day in all of the recent tests: right from the start we were always up with the leaders, and we were also quickest on the track before ending the day in fifth place. It’s important to see that my teammate Andrea Dovizioso was also very quick, proving that the Ducati goes really strongly on this track and that also I have margin for improvement. I still don’t have a perfect feeling with my bike, but every time I go out I feel more and more at ease with it and this circuit is certainly favourable for us. Tomorrow we will continue to try out some other solutions, but the conclusions we reached after today were very positive.”