Lorenzo pips Pedrosa to top in FP1 at Jerez

Lorenzo beat compatiot by 0.003 at Jerez

Yamaha Factory rider Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time in the closing seconds of free practice one at Jerez this morning. Lorenzo’s lap was just 0.003 seconds off Pedrosa’s time, setting a 1.39.701.

Valentino Rossi set the benchmark in the opening five minutes of the session, however Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo was quick to respond and he sat in first for the opening 15 minutes. Fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa soon knocked him off his position at the top, where he stayed for the majority of the session. Pedrosa put in a record time of 1.39.704 with 17 minutes of the session to go, shaving 0.03 off his own circuit record.

British rider Cal Crutchlow was lapping threatening times, sitting behind Pedrosa in second and looked like he could set the fastest lap, but he lost out in the final sector. Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez had a slower opening practice, he was down in 10th position for the best part of the 45 minute session until shooting up into fifth with 12 minutes remaining.

In the closing five minutes Jorge Lorenzo was setting fast lap times but looked to be losing out in the final sector, however on his last flying lap he set the time a time of 1.39.701; this was 0.003 under Pedrosa’s time and put Lorenzo on top. His teammate Valentino Rossi got ahead of Cal Crutchlow to finish the session in third, 0.366 second behind Lorenzo.

Aleix Espargaro was the fastest CRT rider this morning, the Power Electronics Aspar rider finished in 9th position, 1.209 seconds behind Lorenzo. Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso finished 6th and 10th respectively, and Britain’s Bradley Smith struggled outside of the top ten.

Free practice two begins at 1pm BST.

Results can be found here.


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