12 September 2015
MotoGP Misano: Lorenzo: I'll be ready for Rossi battle
Misano pole sitter Jorge Lorenzo says he is prepared for a showdown in the final laps with MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi if the situation arises on Sunday.
Jorge Lorenzo says he is ready for a final lap showdown with team-mate Valentino Rossi should the championship-chasing Yamaha riders go head-to-head at Misano on Sunday.
Lorenzo will start from pole position after smashing the lap record with a time of 1m 32.46s and is joined on the front row by MotoGP title leader Rossi, who finished third fastest behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.
The Majorcan, who slipped to 12 points behind Rossi in the championship standings after finishing fourth in the wet at Silverstone as his team-mate sealed all 25 points, admits that Rossi has enjoyed the upper hand when the pair have locked horns in the past, but says it won't affect his psyche should a similar scenario arise during the final rounds this season.
“We will see what happens in the first laps.
“It will be okay [to have a battle with Valentino Rossi on the final laps],” said Lorenzo.
“Like in the past we have some battles, especially in 2010. I loose almost every one or every one I think – this is true – but we will see what happens in the future.”
Lorenzo appeared to have words with Rossi at the end of Q2 after the Italian star cost him some time when he was unable to move off the racing line at the penultimate corner, but in the press conference afterwards the double premier class champion said there he had no issue with his team-mate, revealing Rossi had apologised.
“I thought I was faster [on his final lap] but finally I saw on the replay that I was one tenth slower. But because I made a mistake with the throttle on the final corner [on his fastest lap], maybe I could improve in this sector a little bit, but I wasn't so fast so I could probably equal the lap time or improve just very small,” Lorenzo said.
“Vale was there, but he said sorry afterwards so it is okay. It could happen and it has happened to me in the past with some other rider, so it can happen.
“It's a good lap time but especially I think we have a good set-up for the race tomorrow. It's been a very good weekend for us because we started very strong from the first practice in second place and then always in first place.
“In the qualifying we pushed as always at the limit, this time with three tyres. The problem was that we didn't change the front one; we decided not to change back because with the other one I did not feel the same,” he added.
“Finally in the second try out and especially the third one, the front was already pushing so much in braking. So for one side, you are faster but on the other side I was losing a little on braking.”
Looking ahead to Sunday's race, Lorenzo is only too aware of the importance of a fast start, which has become his trademark in recent seasons.
“For sure it's going to be important, the start and the first laps. I hope to be fast like normal but it's always very important the waste of the rear tyre here with this abrasive asphalt because we have some problems with degradation,” Lorenzo said.
“The setting on the bike and with the electronics and how you are using the throttle will be very important to save a little bit the tyre and have some pace at the end of the race.
“The weather will be okay for tomorrow and I think this is good for everyone. The surface is very good and I have a lot of confidence; it is a lot better than bumping and sliding on the old asphalt.”
When it was pointed out to Lorenzo that the rider who has started from pole at Misano has failed to win the race in the past four years, he responded: “The three I won I wasn't on pole position so tomorrow will be the perfect location to do it and we are going to try.”
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