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Lorenzo: It’s a pleasure

18 October 2013

After struggling to match the factory Hondas at the last two events, Jorge Lorenzo turned the tables during day one of the Australian MotoGP.

The Yamaha star made a perfect start to the Phillip Island weekend by being fastest in both Friday sessions.

Lorenzo finished morning practice 0.088 ahead of runaway title leader Marc Marquez, then dominated the afternoon - dropping his lap time close to pole record pace on the resurfaced circuit and swelling his timesheet advantage to 0.477s.

“The truth is that here I feel more competitive than Aragon or Sepang,” confirmed Lorenzo, who joined his fellow riders in praising the new surface.

“Without the new surface maybe I would be one second slower. The grip is a little bit better, but the main difference is that the bumps are 95% better. Only turn six now has a big bump. Apart from this everything is much better, much more fun. It's a pleasure.”

Lorenzo confirmed that the flowing nature of the high-speed seaside circuit is also playing more to the Yamaha's strengths, although the next best M1 - of team-mate Valentino Rossi - was only fifth on the combined Friday timesheets.

“I don't think [the Hondas] were so bad,” he stated. “We have to look after ourselves.”

Marquez, who holds a 43-point advantage over Lorenzo and has his first chance to clinch the title on Sunday, was second quickest overall courtesy of his morning time - having fallen and failed to improve in the afternoon. Pedrosa was fourth quickest, behind satellite RCV rider Alvaro Bautista.

Looking ahead, Lorenzo has only fine-tuning planned for Saturday.

“Tomorrow we will try to improve the front because of the wind. Try to stay a little more stable, more contact on the front. Just small details.

“I'm happier than lately,” he confirmed.