Solid start to Americas weekend for Jorge Lorenzo
Having wrapped up the weekend in Argentina less than a week ago, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo was fast from the start of this morning session dropping competitive laps throughout the morning session, but struggled to produce the same form in the afternoon when encountered issues with his first bike and ended the day in fifth place.
Lorenzo started the first session with a strong determination to hit the ground running and did just that. He found a good pace from the beginning of the session and needed minimal tweaking to the setting of his YZR-M1 to match the hard-acceleration character of COTA. Clearly feeling at ease on his bike, he ended the morning session in second place with a best time of 2’05.208s, 0.255s from the front.
The Spaniard continued his form in the afternoon practice, which saw him look competitive again when he dropped under the 2‘05 mark and climbed up in the rankings. He gradually upping his pace, but was held back when he had some issues with his first bike. Yet he still ended the day within a second off the fastest times and concluded the afternoon session in sixth place with a best lap of 2’04.901s.
Today‘s results put Lorenzo fifth in the combined free practice time sheets and Rossi in sixth.
In general the feeling is much better than over other years here. We need to improve. For some reason we had some problems with the first bike and couldn‘t take full advantage of the first session and show the maximum potential that we have right now, which I think is half a second faster than our lap time today. Let‘s see if tomorrow we can be on the first row.
Source: Yamaha Racing