|JL is far happier with consistency at Le Mans
Reigning world champion, Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrow’s French Grand Prix from second just behind compatriot and rookie, Marc Marquez. Lorenzo stepped up a gear during the free practices and qualifying session today and finished Q2 with a time just 3 hundredths of a second behind Marquez. The duo are well clear at the top with third placed Dovizioso a further 4 tenths behind.
Lorenzo was quick out of the blocks at the start of Q2 and improved his time nearly every lap, but he failed to match the pace of the Repsol Honda pocket-rocket. Whilst Lorenzo found that he was quickest in the first half of the lap, the final sectors let him down.
After 3 wins already at the Bugatti circuit in all weathers, Lorenzo will be a race winning contender rain or shine. “Our pace is very good, much better than Jerez where I did two laps and then in the third or fourth lap it was impossible to keep the same pace. Here in this track with the improvement we made with the bike it’s much more easy to keep a constant pace so I’m much more satisfied. I tried to make a perfect lap, it was ok, but Marc was just slightly faster than me. I don’t know what will happen if it rains tomorrow because we haven’t tried it in the wet. Last year it was ok, but every year it’s different so I don’t know what to expect. I would prefer a dry race. If it rains though it can be a possibility to recover some points if we don’t make a mistake.”