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MotoGP Silverstone: Lorenzo surprised by size of improvement

“I didn't expect this big improvement in the lap time because I improved by a second” – Jorge Lorenzo.
MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo continued the momentum from his Brno victory by edging out Marc Marquez for Friday practice honours at Silverstone.

Lorenzo has battled Marquez for victory at the British MotoGP for the past two seasons - claiming his third Silverstone win in 2013, but losing out to the Honda rider by 0.7s last year.

The pair were again one step ahead of the rest on Friday, when Lorenzo was just 0.033s quicker than his fellow Spaniard. Crucially, Lorenzo was one-second quicker than Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, who starts round twelve level on points with Lorenzo.

“I am in a very good shape at the moment because it looks like the two of us at the front are very fast,” Lorenzo said. “I think the tyre is working well at the start and in one lap I was feeling strong. In the morning it started in a good way and in the afternoon in the first lap I was very quick, I didn't expect this big improvement in the lap time because I improved by a second.

“But then to be honest I found it difficult to keep the same pace as I did in the first run. This is a thing we must work on and I think everyone might have had been suffering from the same problem.

“This morning the tarmac was very cold and the rear tyre didn't work because the construction of the tyre is hard and needs more temperature. The bike started spinning a little bit and the acceleration will be the focus in FP3. It is a little bit more uncomfortable to ride than over tracks so my goal for tomorrow is make the bike easier and if I can do that my pace will be more constant.

“It is bumpier than last year. We have more bounce whereas last year is was tough. For sure the track is slower but the bikes are faster so we are getting more or less the same lap times.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Lorenzo

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