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Lorenzo maintains focus on third

"We are still quite far behind the front, but our goal is to finish on the podium and that is in my mind for tomorrow" - Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo will start his first race as MotoGP world champion from the outside of the front row, in third place, in Qatar on Sunday night.

The Factory Yamaha star feels that Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa are simply out of reach, and is therefore chasing the final podium position.

“We are still quite far behind the front, but our goal is to finish on the podium and that is in my mind for tomorrow,” said the Spaniard. “My race pace is pretty good; I think I can keep running 1'55.7s or maybe 1'55.8s. We will finalise our set-up in warm-up and try to achieve that tomorrow.”

Lorenzo lapped 0.8sec slower than pole man Stoner, and was 0.6sec from Pedrosa.

The #1 is likely to face pressure for third place from Honda Gresini's Marco Simoncelli (+0.851sec) and his own team-mate Ben Spies (+0.958sec).

“It wasn't a perfect session, I didn't nail a perfect lap time but you rarely do,” said Spies. “I don't think we were too far off the maximum, maybe there were two tenths left in the bike and that's it. It's not so bad though, we have a good package to battle for the podium tomorrow. I did the best I could so not a bad start to the year.”



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Lorenzo, Qatar MotoGP 2011
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Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
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Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016

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Prince - Unregistered

March 19, 2011 10:21 PM

"cant believe people are writing off jorge like he's new to all this. . ." Welcome to crash.net mate. it's a sign 'o the times. People on here NEVER remember anythining other than the last race. Casey is mindblowing today. Some on here would have you believe now he's on a Honda he's gonna win EVERY race this year by a country mile! Jorge will be back, as will Dani, and eventually Rossi. Spies is gonna be very hot this year too. If casey doesn't walk this one (and I think he will), there are gonna be a lot of excuses flying around. Chin Up to Bautista, get well soon mate!

eminusx

March 19, 2011 10:12 PM
Last Edited 576 days ago

cant believe people are writing off jorge like he's new to all this. . . when he's in his stride and he gets the magnets on the guy is totally immense (check jerez 2010 with 8 laps to go) 3x WC doesnt come without learning how to handle pressure or having to fight with the fastest riders in the world!



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