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Lorenzo sets benchmark at Mugello

Jorge Lorenzo sets a competitive benchmark for others to follow as he impresses with his pace over a single lap and a long run at Mugello.
Jorge Lorenzo has given his MotoGP rivals something to think about heading into day two of the Italian Grand Prix after dominating practice proceedings at Mugello.

The championship leader was barely headed throughout FP1 and FP2 as he twice dipped below race lap record, Lorenzo's eventual best of 1min 48.076secs proving good enough to put him top of the pile at the end of Friday's running.

Indeed, while the Spaniard's rivals were able to get close to that benchmark during the quicker FP2 session – particularly when he lost some time with an innocuous off at turn one -, it was Lorenzo's pace and consistency over a string of laps that made many sit up and take notice.

“I'm really happy because from the beginning we've been quite fast,” the Yamaha rider said. “We haven't had to make many changes to the bike, the feeling is great with the track and it's working well.

"I feel good with the suspension, throttle and braking. Everything seems quite clear, we have to work on some small details but we've made an excellent beginning.”

Lorenzo did a long run of 14 consecutive laps during FP2 and set lap times of 1m 48.2s, just two tenths from his best time of the day, twice in the closing stages of that run.

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Robert Danley

July 13, 2012 5:09 PM

Got to the results page on look at FP2 analysis. Lorenzo's times are insane, every lap is in the 1:48 range and he finished by running off a long string of 1:48 laps. If this is a preview of the race, the others are in big trouble. Amazing!

King Kenny - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 5:56 PM

Bridgestone requested riders that if they want to use the hard tyre (not semi-hard, not extra-hard) for the race, they must do a 12-lap stint on them during practice or they won't be allowed to use it in the race, for safety reasons. Because of this, Lorenzo only pitted once in the whole session. Other riders will need to do this long stint tomorrow if they want to use the tyre for the race (it's the most likely choice for most). So Lorenzo's speed and pace is doubly impressive, considering he couldn't pit to make any adjustments to the bike. I suspect that tomorrow he will lap in the 47s easily. Pedrosa is looking strong too.

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