Jorge Lorenzo fourth in promising start to Silverstone weekend
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo was back on the track today for the first practice sessions of the weekend ahead of Sunday‘s British Grand Prix. After a one-week break, shortened by a one-day private test at Brno, this was the first opportunity for both riders to get back into a riding rhythm at the Silverstone Circuit.
Lorenzo got down to business quickly in the first free practice as he looked to set up his fourth victory of the season. Getting a feel for the bike with a new swingarm, he steadily increased his pace around the overcast British circuit and set a fast stint towards the end of the session, dropping consistent 2‘02s laps. His best time, a 2’02.765s, saw him take second place, 0.282s from the front.
In the afternoon session he made another step forward. Spending the majority of the 45 minute practice in the top three, the reigning World Champion completed the second heat in fourth place with a best time of 2’02.032. He finished the day 0.611s from first, after various riders put in a hot lap in the final minutes.
The bike is acting differently compared to other years, because we‘ve got the Michelin tyres and new electronics and it looks like, at this track particularly, it‘s more difficult to improve the record of the track. We are trying something to especially better the turning of the bike and we are improving it. Let‘s see what the weather is like tomorrow, if the weather is dry, maybe we can make another step forward and be ready for the race on Sunday.
Source: Movistar Yamaha