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MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo Off To A Great Start In Valencia

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Catch him if you can… Jorge Lorenzo fastest on day one in Valencia, Spain. Photo Courtesy of Bridgestone

As usual, Jorge Lorenzo doesn’t waste any time. The Movistar Yamaha made sure to top the timesheets on day one of the MotoGP season finale in Valencia, Spain. It was a 1:31.111 set towards the end of a hotly contested afternoon session that landed him there; .139 of second better than his compatriot Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda.

“Has been a good Friday from the morning to the afternoon, always we have been competitive,” Lorenzo said. “Good work today, thinking about the race. Three laps with 31.1, knowing that the bike is not completely perfect – it’s a good beginning.”

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Marc Marquez was the fast man in morning practice, but front-tire issues held him back in the afternoon. Photo Courtesy of Bridgestone

Before Lorenzo took top honors, the afternoon session started with a battle between Marquez and Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi, the pair taking turns in the lead. Ultimately, Marquez’ fast morning time held off teammate Dani Pedrosa by .127 of a second. A decent result, but Marquez felt he could’ve done better. He suffered from front tire issues and did not change to a fresh tire at the end of the session.

As for Rossi, the points leader was shuffled back to fifth while Ducati’s Andrea Iannone squeaked by to take fourth. Although Rossi’s grid position has already been set, the Italian is looking to get a fast start and stay on pace to make sure he is ready to charge through the pack on Sunday. He ended the day .364 of a second off of his championship rival Lorenzo.

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Although Valentino Rossi ended the day fifth, he was happy with his pace and progress on the first day of the title-deciding weekend. Photo Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha

“I’m quite happy, quite satisfied about this Friday, because we start well from the morning,” Rossi said. “I was able to improve my lap time every exit and also with the used tires that here is very important, considering the long race and also that here the tires slide a lot.

“We decided to work also with the hard [rear] tires and I was strong with the hard tires, I feel good with the bike and I did some good lap time. So can be an option for the race of Sunday, especially because starting from the last row I have to go fast for 30 laps for try to recover. At the end we also did a comparison with the soft, for sure the soft is a bit faster and a bit easier, especially in the first laps. The difference is not so different, but anyway you can go a bit faster. So we need to decide.

“But in general because I arrive well I feel good with the bike and for the first day was a good performance with some good lap times. We try to continue like this also for tomorrow.”

2015 MotoGP Valencia Day One Combined Times:

  1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha 1:31.111

  2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda 1:31.250

  3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda 1:31.377

  4. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati 1:31.444

  5. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha 1:31.475

  6. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.575

  7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati 1:31.642

  8. Pol Espargaro (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:31.674

  9. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:31.678

  10. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) LCR Honda 1:31.803

  11. Maverick Vinales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 1:31.986

  12. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.044

  13. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati 1:32.399

  14. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.412

  15. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:32.508

  16. Stefan Bradl (GER) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:32.514

  17. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:32.725

  18. Mike di Meglio (ITA) Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.797

  19. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar Honda 1:33.097

  20. Scott Redding (GBR) EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:33.143

  21. Toni Elias (SPA) Forward Racing Yamaha 1:33.411

  22. Anthony West (AUS) AB Motoracing Honda 1:33.837

  23. Broc Parkes (AUS) E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1:34.839

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