Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo posted a sub-lap record time in qualifying for the Italian MotoGP at Mugello this afternoon and with it securing second place and a front row start for Sundays premier class race at the Italian track.
|Lorenzo thought he’d done enough for Pole at Mugello
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
After a faultless display in the morning’s FP3 session the Spaniard continued that scorching form in to the 15 minute Q2 qualifying period, heading the timesheets from the off with a superb time of 1:47.621s, the fastest lap of the weekend at that point. After a change of rear tyres for the front runners it was Lorenzo again that posted the fastest time with the best ever 2-wheeled lap of Mugello of 1:47.226, only to see previous record holder Pedrosa snatch it back in the dying seconds of the session with a lap just 0.069s quicker than the Yamaha man.
Lorenzo said “We still suffer a little bit when the weather is hotter, we don’t have the same grip. Even with this issue we have been competitive though, in the free practice and also in the qualifying. I was surprised to be so fast in the first lap when I made a 47.6. I was also surprised about the lap time from Marquez on his first try and also the lap time from Dani. I thought the 47.2 lap was enough for pole position but Dani was faster so it wasn’t. The important thing is to make a good start tomorrow, to get in front and to go away if possible. If not possible, the race is long and we have to be consistent. We have to improve some small details but in general the bike is better here than at the other tracks.”