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Malaysian MotoGP: Struggling Lorenzo battles 'aggressive' M1

'I had a lot of spinning and the bike is very aggressive so we have to see what we can change for tomorrow to try to get back a good feeling' - Jorge Lorenzo
Defending MotoGP World champion Jorge Lorenzo was lacking confidence with his Yamaha M1 as practice commenced at Sepang on Friday.

Lorenzo, who is 39 points behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez with four races remaining, finished the free practice sessions in fourth place behind team-mate Valentino Rossi after battling an 'aggressive' bike and mid-corner handling issues.

The Mallorcan is entering a crucial phase in the championship as he bids to challenge Marquez, with Sepang hosting the first of three consecutive flyaway rounds ahead of the finale at Valencia in November.

“We are investigating what happened today because I didn't have confidence in the middle of the corners and also with acceleration,” said Lorenzo.

“I had a lot of spinning and the bike is very aggressive so we have to see what we can change for tomorrow to try to get back a good feeling with the bike again.”

Lorenzo set his best time of 2m 01.623s in FP1, leaving him fifth overall on the combined times after FP2. Lorenzo was 1.069s behind Dani Pedrosa, who led a Repsol one-two ahead of Marquez.

“We cannot control the performance of the other riders and all we can do is improve ourselves and it is not so good at the moment,” said Lorenzo.

“To compare our performance to the Honda we lose most of our performance under braking. We can't improve the braking but if we can improve on acceleration and corning than we might win races.

“Obviously compared to the Honda it is very difficult to fight with them under braking.

“I have to positive and be ready and try to improve if you are not happy it is the start of the finish.”



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Tetley

October 11, 2013 12:10 PM

"Aggressive" ? Maybe in the terms of the very, very top riders. But remember they can feel the difference that 1/4 of an inch wheelbase makes, or 2 clicks on a damper. So when JLo says "agressive" he is commenting on an infinitessimal element that mere mortals wouldn't even notice.

DogOfChaos

October 11, 2013 1:20 PM

It's no big deal, no need to take it out of context. When he says 'aggressive' he could mean lacking stability mid corner, perhaps their traction control systems aren't dialled in properly, wheeling too much, leaning too quickly or throttle response is too abrupt needing something new with engine mapping. This year he's had problems before a few races and generally come good, no need for it to be different this time.



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