Jorge Lorenzo put his improved performance on day two down to his stronger physical condition as the Yamaha rider finished neck-and-neck with Marc Marquez. Lorenzo had complained of fatigue on day one as a result of jet lag but admitted a smoother preparation for day two made a sizeable difference.
“Today was much better. I was able to sleep for more than eight hours so I had much more energy than on the first day. For sure this influenced my performance. The bike was also better. I had a better understanding of how to ride it on slippery track conditions, so I was also able to improve my riding. My pace, apart from the last two hours, was almost all day in the 2’00 lap times. That’s similar to the previous test but with worse conditions, so I’m happy.”
Teammate Valentino Rossi fell from fastest on day one to sixth on day two but the Italian expects tomorrow to give a true representation of MotoGP’s competitive order.
“We did a lot of testing today. We tried some forks and especially concentrated on rear grip in acceleration to exit from the corner in the best way. We also continued to work on the gearbox and that still gives a good feeling. We will be ready for tomorrow, because that will be the important day. Tomorrow everybody will be at their maximum for the time attack and they can try to do a long run, so I think tomorrow will be very interesting to understand the pace of all the guys. It will be a good target to be a bit faster than the last test and I think we have to improve the lap times and our pace during the simulation.”