MotoGP

Unhappy Lorenzo grabs second place at Sepang

1 Mins read

After setting the pace on day 1, championship contender Jorge Lorenzo struggled going in to day 2, finishing the morning practice in fourth place.

Things didn’t really improve throughout qualifying for the young Spaniard, spending most of the session out of the top four. Switching to the softer Bridgestone tyres things finally started to improve, despite moving to second, he finish 0.569 off the pace of team-mate and championship contender Rossi.

“Today hasn’t been my best day” said the Fiat Yamaha rider, before admitting he struggled. “The conditions are basically the same as yesterday so I can’t blame them, but we just don’t have the same levels of grip and confidence that we had before and it’s hard to understand why. We didn’t make the step we expected and we are lacking pace compared to our rivals.”

The team will now set about working hard overnight to improve the setup ahead of the warm-up tomorrow. “Now we all need to study the data and work out what we can do for the warm-up tomorrow. I am happy that we were able to be back on the front row as this will be important, now we will just try our best to be in better shape for the race.”

Team Manager Daniele Romagnoli was happy that Lorenzo had managed to finish on the front row, saying: “At the end Jorge was able to do some very quick laps and make the front row, which is key for tomorrow.”

But was quick to note the problems they still faced: “Unfortunately we still need to find an improvement to our rear grip levels for the race, because at the moment we are not in perfect shape. The team have worked a lot to try to fix the problem but we still have more to do.”

Related posts
MotoGP

Oliveira and Tech3 victorious in Styria

3 Mins read
Miguel Oliveira claimed his maiden win in the premier class and for Red Bull KTM Tech3 in a stop-start second AustrianGP.
MotoGP

Espargaro takes maiden pole at home for KTM

2 Mins read
Pol Espargaro takes historic maiden pole for Red Bull KTM in the second visit to the Austrian track.
MotoGP

Dovizioso victorious in drama filled AustrianGP

3 Mins read
Ducati continue their Austria domination as Dovizioso stormed to victory to take Ducati’s 50th victory after a horrendous accident brings out the red flag.

Leave a Reply