Off-Colour Lorenzo Lacks Friday Pace

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jorge-lorenzo-australia-motogpJorge Lorenzo put his lack of speed in Friday practice at Phillip Island down to illness as well as a lack of grip.

The title contender was only sixth fastest today, and was a second adrift of his Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo also had a minor crash at the hairpin at the end of the session.

“I just couldn’t go fast today,” he admitted. “I wasn’t feeling too good – I think that I ate something last night which didn’t agree with me and I felt very weak, which made it very hard to ride the bike.
“We had some [wheel]spin and not enough grip or confidence and there were two times where I nearly crashed before I actually did.
“Luckily I didn’t hurt myself at all and now I will just try to get a good night’s sleep and then hopefully I will be much better tomorrow.”

His team manager Daniele Romagnoli said Yamaha needed to give Lorenzo more grip from the rear of his bike.
“Today we didn’t quite make the good start that we’ve maybe become used to lately, plus Jorge wasn’t feeling very well; he was quite weak which made his job much harder,” said Romagnoli.
“The main problem is on the rear, we don’t have enough grip on the entry to the corner or under acceleration and at this track these areas are particularly important.”

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