Jorge Lorenzo lines up eleventh on Assen grid

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Jorge Lorenzo was unable to ride the hot lap he had in mind and will start tomorrow’s Assen TT from 11th .

Lorenzo had suffered a crash in FP3, luckily without any major consequences, and was able to take part in the afternoon sessions without any trouble. With the FP4 session being the only time the team had been able to test the wet set-up, the Mallorcan was also eager to go out at the start of the 15-minute long Q2 session.

He was the first man to leave pit lane and set a 1‘51.016s lap for provisional pole before dropping down the order to fifth place as the other riders completed their first lap.

Over the next ten minutes of the session he continued to better his time gradually, but was unable to climb up the ranking until the very end of the session. Struggling to find a good feeling on the slowly drying track, that still had damp patches in various corners, he was in twelfth position but was determined to make his final attempt count.

He gave one final push after the flag went out and improved on his own best lap by 1.289s with a 1‘47.897s to take eleventh place.

It was a heavy crash even though it was a small crash, losing the front, but the corner was fast. The gravel was very close to the track and when I arrived to it I had a very high speed and I rolled through the gravel a lot. A lot of rocks hit me in the neck, on my back and my hip, so I damaged my skin and superficially have a lot of pain, but luckily not in my bones, they are OK so I can race without any problem. I don‘t think it had an effect on qualifying, I just didn‘t feel safe or comfortable in the rain on wet tyres. I tried my best but I was slow.

Source: Movistar Yamaha

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