Jorge Lorenzo on second row of Mugello grid
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo put in a solid performance at the Autodromo del Mugello track today in the tight qualifying session, securing fifth place.
Lorenzo was the first rider to make his way out on the circuit for the start of the 15-minute qualifying heat, ensuring him some clear track space. He immediately put the hammer down on his first flying lap of 1’47.116s to take provisional third place, before returning to the pits for fresh rubber with ten minutes remaining.
A minute later he was back on the track for more qualifying action. Having been relegated to fourth, the Mallorcan pushed hard to shave a little off his time. He clocked a second hot lap of 1‘47.005s but remained in the same position and decided to make a second pit stop to fit a new front tyre.
With two minutes remaining the current MotoGP championship leader started his third and final stint. He waited until the very end of the session to drop a 1’46.882s on his final lap and claim fifth on the grid, 0.378s from pole.
In all the practice sessions, for some reason, we couldn‘t take advantage of using a new tyre like the other riders and in qualifying I did my best over three laps but there is still something that‘s not good on the bike that we need to discover for tomorrow, especially on braking. I think that our pace is better than our position today suggests and tomorrow‘s race will be open with many riders having the possibility to win.
Source: Yamaha Racing