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Lorenzo sets record Aragon pace for test double
19 June 2013
MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo continued the momentum from his Catalunya victory by completing a testing double at Aragon on Wednesday.
The Yamaha star, now just seven points behind Honda's Dani Pedrosa in the 2013 title chase, had led the way during an official post-race test in Barcelona on Monday.
The Spaniard then repeated the feat during a further one day outing - alongside Honda and Suzuki - at Aragon, when he lapped 0.375s under Casey Stoner's pole record to finish 0.358s clear of Honda rookie Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo worked through a number of set-up changes along with evaluation of a new Bridgestone tyre.
“Compared to normal I've been stronger today,” said Lorenzo, who has finished 4-3-2 in the previous Aragon GPs. “At this track normally I suffer many problems in setting up the bike and getting the bike to work like in other tracks. This time from the beginning I have been very competitive with a lot of confidence.
“Also I think I am in very good shape so I have taken profit of it. I could also test a new tyre to put myself in a qualifying situation and I did a very good lap time. We are just testing very little things but it is better than nothing.”
Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg added: “The result of this test is quite similar to the one in Barcelona two days ago, we tried the same things and they had the same positive outcome. No dramatic things but set-up wise and feeling wise the bike improved and Jorge is feeling good.
“The main target was to get more confidence on the bike and improve the consistency as well. I think we were able to deliver both for him which is very positive. If you have that on two different tracks it says something so let's see if we can use that in the coming races.”
Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi was fourth quickest.
The next round of the MotoGP World Championship takes place at Assen, next Saturday.