Reigning double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo may only have led two out of the nine days of official 2013 pre-season testing, but his performance over long runs was peerless.
The Factory Yamaha rider delivered a consistently high pace during race simulations at both of the Sepang tests, then fired off this salvo of lap times (below) on the last day of the final test at Jerez.
The 1m 40.105s lap (lap 2) was Lorenzo's best of the day, putting him fourth on the damp Monday timesheets. His worst lap during the run was only 0.850s slower.
But perhaps most impressive was that the time difference between Lorenzo's first and last lap of the simulation was a mere 0.195s!
Overall, Lorenzo finished the test in a close third place, 0.029s behind Tech 3 Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow, courtesy of his day two time.
"I made a long run that I think was positive to understand the behaviour of the bike with old tyres. We are not the fastest but I think we are very consistent," Lorenzo confirmed.
"One of Jorge's strong points is consistency, yesterday he struggled to be able to find a constant pace but today he had that back and was good," added team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. "We didn't pay too much attention to one hot lap, but looking at him I think he's ready for Qatar.”
The Spanish Grand Prix distance is 27 laps, but none of the other frontrunners approached a full race simulation on Monday. The next longest significant run was by Crutchlow, at eight fast laps, during which he impressively set two consecutive laps under 1m 40s - including the test best of 1m 39.511s - although his next lap was 3.2s slower.
Jorge Lorenzo: Jerez Race Simulation