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Lorenzo struggles on day one.

After storming to his fourth victory of the season last time out at Estoril, MotoGP title contender Jorge Lorenzo struggled with physical and technical problems on his way to a lowly sixth in Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

First or second in the last three races - when he has scored almost twice as many points as team-mate and title leader Valentino Rossi - Lorenzo was feeling unwell even before he took to the track, then battled grip problems.

The young Spaniard spent most of the session in fifth, before a lowside at the Hairpin in the closing minutes saw him finish the hour in sixth place and one-second behind fastest man Rossi.

"I just couldn't go fast today,” admitted Lorenzo. “I wasn't feeling too good - I think that I ate something last night which didn't agree with me and I felt very weak, which made it very hard to ride the bike.

“We had some spin and not enough grip or confidence and there were two times where I nearly crashed before I actually did,” he revealed. “Luckily I didn't hurt myself at all and now I will just try to get a good night's sleep and then hopefully I will be much better tomorrow."

Lorenzo's team manager Daniele Romagnoli hopes both bike and rider will be in better shape on Saturday.

"Today we didn't quite make the good start that we've maybe become used to lately, plus Jorge wasn't feeling very well; he was quite weak which made his job much harder,” he stated. “The main problem is on the rear, we don't have enough grip on the entry to the corner or under acceleration and at this track these areas are particularly important.

“Unfortunately towards the end of the session Jorge slid off at turn four when trying some improvements. He was okay but now we need to work hard to analyse all the information that we have in order to be in better shape for tomorrow, when we hope that he will be feeling better too."

Lorenzo starts the final three rounds 18 points behind Rossi.

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Thing-a-me-Bob - Unregistered

October 16, 2009 8:43 AM

Just saying what? Have we really come to a point where the fastest 4 racers on the planet can't say a word about their last outing without some twits bending their words to suit a narrow mind's outlook on MotoGP. Vale has a disappointing race last time, says the bike wasn't handling - and the idiots say he's making excuses. Anyone watching Estoril ( other than fanboys ) could clearly see he wasn't on his normal pace and the others were just better. On the day. Likewise, Lorenzo has a bad free practice - explains he wasn't feeling to hot and there were grip issues - and suddenly that becomes " Excuses " in some sado's small mind. I suppose it would be better if we banned all intervew.

secret80 - Unregistered

October 16, 2009 3:55 PM

I think its called a joke LightSpeed... Jesus the people on this site make me laugh, if you don't share opinions or you make a joke...they lose the plot! I hope George finds something, need him to pull out the goods for my fantasy team.

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