Lorenzo very happy with front row, getting closer to Hondas
Today’s qualifying session for tomorrow’s Silverstone GP came to a successful conclusion for both Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies this afternoon. The second day of the British round of the World Championship was graced with sunshine, allowing the riders to finalise a good dry set up. The Yamaha Factory Racing riders were quick from the start in the morning’s final free practice session, wrapping it up with Spies in third and Lorenzo in fourth.
Qualifying followed in the afternoon, both riders again enjoying a dry track as they evaluated tyres for tomorrow’s race should it be dry. At one point Lorenzo and Spies were threatening to deliver a double Yamaha front row; finally settling at the end of the session for a front row third and second row fourth respectively in a mirror of their Barcelona start positions.
Jorge Lorenzo – Position 3rd Time 2.02.237 Laps 25
“I am very happy because tomorrow we will start from the first row and today we got a lot closer to the Hondas. I rode at a very high level today and I’m ready and focused for the race. I will do my best to make a good start tomorrow and fight for the front. At this moment our weapon is consistency. You try many things some days and some days you find a solution like today. I don’t know if it is enough to fight for victory but we will give our best. I’m very proud of my crew, they really worked hard to deliver a great package for qualifying!”
Wilco Zeelenberg – Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager
“I’m pretty happy with the qualifying session today, the bike improved a lot compared to this morning and yesterday. We found the right way to progress and Jorge improved his riding quite a bit as well. The team worked hard between the two sessions and made a step on the bike so for dry conditions we are ready to race. We are 0.2 behind pole which is the closest we have been all year apart from Estoril. This is especially good considering the length of the track.”
Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director
“Overall we should be satisfied with the second day. We have our riders on the first and second row and we led part of the practice. We’ve got a good pace and I think we did a good job today, the team worked really hard. We’re confident and I think we can get good results. Tomorrow I think it’s going to rain but we saw yesterday that in the wet conditions we can be quick so we’ll see what happens.”
Source: Yamaha Racing