Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo finished today’s test at Aragón top of the pile, whilst smashing the current lap record held by Casey Stoner since 2011 in the process.
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After dominating the Catalan GP on Sunday, Lorenzo, along with the rest of the MotoGP field apart from Repsol and Gresini Honda, participated in an official mid-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday. Lorenzo continued the development on his M1 and particularly worked on the setup with the new Bridgestone rear tyre, where he found improved consistency, he finished the day top of the pile under a tenth ahead of Nicky Hayden on the Ducati.
Yamaha moved onto Motorland Aragón, outside Alcañiz, joining HRC who were ideally supposed to be testing there Tuesday but were largely unable to as a result of heavy rain. Lorenzo completed 53 laps of the circuit today putting in a best time of 1m 48.076, claiming an unofficial lap record of the circuit, dipping under Casey Stoner’s pole record from 2011 by nearly four tenths of a second. This time was again, nearly four tenths clear of second placed Marc Marquez, who himself was posting times under that of Stoner’s lap record.
Lorenzo said: “Compared to normal I’ve been stronger today. At this track normally I suffer many problems in setting up the bike and getting the bike to work like in other tracks. This time from the beginning I have been very competitive with a lot of confidence. Also I think I am in very good shape so I have taken profit of it. I could also test a new tyre to put myself in a qualifying situation and I did a very good lap time. We are just testing very little things but it is better than nothing.”