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Lorenzo fast, but falls in Qatar practice

Jorge Lorenzo, who missed one of the three pre-season tests after fracturing his hand in a training accident, caused an upset when he outpaced team-mate and reigning world champion Valentino Rossi in Friday practice for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Riding without any additional hand protection inside his glove, the 22-year-old was back looking comfortable and confident on his factory M1.

After sitting third in the times for most of the one-hour session, a late improvement saw Lorenzo beat Rossi's time by two thousandths of a second, before a mistake at turn 14 sent the Spaniard sliding into the gravel trap.

"I'm quite happy about tonight and about my hand; I tried riding for the first time without the extra hand protection and I was okay,” said Lorenzo, the 2009 title runner-up. “I felt good on the bike and my thumb didn't really hurt, it was a lot better than at the test. We still have a few things on the bike that we need to work on but we have made a good start.

“It was a pity to crash, I was pushing hard at the time and I just made a small mistake, touching the white line; these things happen and luckily I didn't hurt myself. Tomorrow we'll continue our work and try to improve more."

Fastest man Casey Stoner, winner at Qatar for the past three seasons, lapped 0.526sec quicker than Lorenzo.

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AG - Unregistered

April 10, 2010 7:41 AM

Well folks not a mention of it on here as usual, no original journalism. I’ve been on this site for a few months just for the wind really, you may recognize the names, Juan Kerr, Renzo Ripsnorter, Bright N Hurley, Dustin Hough who are all retired. But to witness what I witnessed last night from Moto 2 was truly awesome. If you have Sky plus go to 12 or 13 minutes from the end and watch Scott Redding put in the then fastest lap, to see a young man, no boy come round that final corner like Jason Crump was unbelievable. IF IT WAS CASEY OR NICKY PEOPLE WOULD BE DROOLING. So COME ON you Brits out there let’s get behind this lad. This is real head to nose stuff. He’s going to be our best chance since Bazza to win something, at this level, and I don’t say this lightly. I have been involved with racing ( motocross and road) for 42 years and he’s one of the best from our shores.

noot - Unregistered

April 10, 2010 4:30 AM

Hey Jorge good going man just stomp that wall building prima donna in the race.Watch out though for sneaky underhanded tactics both on and off the track and hang on to your data.

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