Lorenzo Still Confident Of Improving Yamaha Performance

Jorge Lorenzo still thinks there is more speed to be found in the Yamaha YZR-M1 despite finishing free practice just one thousandth of a second slower than pacesetter Marc Marquez. The reigning champion experimented with Yamaha’s new chassis and has yet to make a decision on which one will give him the best chance of pole position in tomorrow’s new look qualifying.

“I’m very happy with the changes we made on the bike because it improved a lot. In the last moments the track was better this evening, in the beginning it was very dirty. I think we can still improve the bike more tomorrow, we still haven’t decided which chassis is better; today it is the new one, yesterday the old one. I’m very curious to see how the qualifying goes with the new formula, we will just be concentrating on making four fast laps, the maximum performance we can get.”

Teammate Valentino Rossi was fourth fastest on Friday night despite admitting to feeling short of 100% and the Italian is aiming for a place on the front row tomorrow.

“The practices are not so bad, we are continuing to work for the race. We still have to decide which tyre to use; that will be very important for Sunday. We are ready for tomorrow for the qualifying practice to try and start as far in front as possible and aim for the front row. For the rest it’s not so bad, we continue to work and improve. Yesterday after the practice I had a problem with a very strong headache so I wasn’t at 100% today. Now I’m not so bad and coming better and tomorrow I will be at my maximum.”