|Lorenzo was unchallenged on Friday
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Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo finished the opening day of the third round of the championship on the top of the timing sheets in Jerez.
The reigning world champion finished both free practices in first position, opening up the gap in the warmer afternoon session with a lead of 0.171 ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow. He pipped fellow Spaniard to the top spot in the morning’s session but was left unchallenged in FP2 in warmer conditions. His fastest time was a 1.39.562.
Lorenzo declared “At the beginning of the second practice I felt better thanthis morning but with the warmer temperatures it has been difficult to keep thesame pace. We will have to work on the settings to keep the same pace fortomorrow. We need to try to improve our pace by three or four tenths, to ridecomfortably in the 39s will be a good feeling. I’m happy that we are first intoday’s two sessions but I want more.”
The nine times world champion finished the opening day of Jerez in fourth position, but was still behind on his March testing time. He improved his lap time in the warmer afternoon session, and was 0.312 seconds off Lorenzo.
Rossi revealed “The first and second practices were not so bad. We tried towork and understand a good balance for the bike. We still haven’t found theperfect way yet. We also tried to understand the right tyre choice for the racebecause it is difficult with the soft and also with the hard so we need to makesure we make the right choice to go fast on Sunday. Anyway, we are in fourthplace and not so far from pole position. Tomorrow we have to try to continue towork in this way because it will be important for the race to start at themaximum within the first five.”