Lorenzo: “Most Riders Very Disappointed about the New Asphalt”

by Louis Suddaby
Jorge Lorenzo - Silverstone

Jorge Lorenzo joined a number of his MotoGP rivals in criticising the newly resurfaced Silverstone track after riding it for the first time on Friday. The Northamptonshire circuit was resurfaced over the winter following rider complaints over its bumpiness but it appears the problems haven’t been solved.

Speaking after FP2, Lorenzo gave his own impressions on the state of the tarmac but refused to use the issues as an excuse for his own problems. The Ducati rider was fifth, four tenths slower than his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, and did not feel he adapted to the conditions as well as his colleague.

“Honestly, most of the riders are very disappointed about the new asphalt. We expected more grip but we also expected less bumps. We have more grip but we probably have more bumps, so that’s probably why the lap times are not as fast (as last year). It’s the same for everybody and some riders adapted better to the circumstances.”

“We’ve been very quick at the Misano test with better tarmac but here, we struggled a bit more to find the correct set-up. We had to modify a lot and we improved a lot from the morning but we’re still not satisfied. I think we can find a step forward tomorrow.”

For this weekend, Michelin have brought four different tyre options for the riders to select from but Lorenzo says he still has a strategy in mind going forwards, although he is mindful that the unpredictable British weather may alter plans.

“I think we have a clear idea for the front tyre, but for the rear we still have to do more laps on the soft to see if it will last all the race. But on the rear, we’ve also been competitive with the medium so there’s not a big advantage. We need to focus on the rear but let’s see what conditions we have with the weather.”

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