Front row start for Jorge Lorenzo at Motorland Aragon
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s local hero Jorge Lorenzo waited until the final moment to secure a third place starting position today at the Motorland Aragón circuit.
Eager to position his Yamaha YZR-M1 at the front of the field, Lorenzo was the last rider out of the box as ‘Qualifying 2’ began, to find some clear space on track. He cautiously warmed up his tyres, setting provisional seventh fastest time on his first attempt, before he quickly put the hammer down and improved to a 1‘47.934s on his second effort, taking hold of third position.
With six minutes remaining, he returned to the box before rejoining the track for a final attack. As the times dropped, the Mallorcan put his head down at the very end of the session and delivered a 1‘47.778s to take third on the grid at the final flag.
This morning with the soft front tyre I was competitive, just like yesterday. The only problem is that when we put in a hard-and-hard combination on this bike and with my riding, that I‘m too slow. The other‘s don‘t suffer so much and can be competitive, so we have to decide if tomorrow it‘s possible to use the soft rear tyre, because with that option we are maybe not as fast as our main rival, but we are OK. With the hard one, it‘s difficult, so let‘s see if the soft tyre is the right option, because it looks like after 10 or 15 laps especially the right side is destroyed.