Jorge Lorenzo qualifies ninth for the British Grand Prix
Today‘s qualifying session at Silverstone Circuit for tomorrow‘s British Grand Prix was a challenging outing for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo, as bad weather continues to haunt the MotoGP paddock during the 2016 season.
Jorge Lorenzo was the first to venture out on the soaking track at the start of the session and put in his first hot lap just in time before the rain really started to pelt down. His initial try saw him post a 2’22.192s for provisional pole. He followed that up with three flying laps, but was unable to improve his time due to the flooding track conditions.
With no need to come in for a pit stop, the Mallorcan proceeded his time attack. He held on to sixth place with his brilliantly timed first lap and put his head down during the final minute of the session to better his time by over half a second with a 2‘21.687s. However, as various riders put in a hot lap, in the end he found himself in ninth position, 2.422s off the front.
In FP4 I was quite fast at the end of the practice and the track was drying up. There wasn‘t so much water, but then for qualifying the water levels got high again. My first lap was without a lot of water so I was the fastest, but then the other riders improved their lap times a lot. With more water on the track I didn‘t feel confident to further improve my lap time more than 0.5s. This was not enough to be on the second row, but in general we‘re happy about our progression in the wet. We are much better than in Assen and at the Sachsenring, but with so much water it‘s not enough to be at the top, so we will keep trying next time in the wet. It looks like tomorrow is going to be dry, so we have to use the warm-up to improve the bike a little bit to be more prepared for a dry race.
Source: Movistar Yamaha