Lorenzo: "our rivals are much faster than us"

The Yamaha’s have struggled to beat Honda all wkend

Photo: YamahaMotoGP

Last year’s MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrow’s Texan GP from third on the grid after what seemed a rather difficult qualifying session for the Spaniard. His time, which he set on his second flying lap is over a second slower than pole sitter, Marc Marquez.

Lorenzo was one of the first out of pitlane in the Q2 session this afternoon, and immediately placed his M1 Yamaha on top of the leaderboards. He was briefly shown ‘how to do it’ by Marquez who went nearly a second and a half quicker, much to the dismay of the two time MotoGP champion. Lorenzo responded with another personal best time of 2m 4.100s, but that was still way off Marquez’ pace.

Visibly frustrated, Jorge did a ride through pitlane in order to try and avoid traffic, to get a clear run, and perhaps lift his grid placement one better, infront of #26 Dani Pedrosa. It was a rather misjudged move, leaving Lorenzo with too little time to make it round the lengthy course to put in another flying lap. His front row start also came under fire whilst he was faffing about in pitlane, from both fellow Yamaha rider, Cal Crutchlow, and Honda man Stefan Bradl. Luckily for JL, both riders fell just shy of his best time. “What happened in qualifyingis more or less what happened in all the sessions: our rivals are much morefast than us in pace and on a fast lap. Our best position we could do today wasthird. Tomorrow in the race anything could happen. If something strange happenswe can fight for the win but in normal conditions third is a really goodposition for tomorrow. We hope that the race is going to be better thanqualifying and we can be closer to Marc and Dani.”

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