Strong start at Valencia for Jorge Lorenzo
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi came out of the starting blocks strongly during the first practice sessions in Valencia ahead of this Sunday‘s championship showdown.
Lorenzo made a great start this morning and set multiple fastest laps in the Spanish sunshine. Happy to be riding in front of his home fans, he worked hard as the times dropped and posted a 1‘31.434s just past the midway stage and led until the final minutes, before settling for second place just 0.184s from the front.
The Spaniard kept his form in the baking afternoon session that followed. He had a solid start, scoring fifth place on his first lap, and then steadily improved his lap times to move up the order into the top three. Despite the hot conditions he set a best time of 1‘31.111s to claim provisional first place and continued to push out low 1‘31s as he completed the day at the top of the combined free practice times.
The day started positively and we improved the bike a lot in the afternoon. The bike is working really well and I feel strong, with good concentration. I‘m riding well, but the bike, to be honest, is working very well for me to keep a high pace, even with old tyres, so I‘m very happy about the beginning of the weekend.
Source: Yamaha Racing