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MotoGP Argentina: Lorenzo: 'Very difficult. This is racing'

“Very difficult. This is racing. Sometimes you are on top, sometimes you have problems” - Jorge Lorenzo.
After the high of victory in the Qatar season-opener, reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo slumped to just 14th during day one in Argentina.

The Spaniard struggled on the bumpy and slippery Termas dee Rio Hondo circuit, setting a best lap time 1.240s behind Honda's Marc Marquez.

“Very difficult. This is racing. Sometimes you are on top, sometimes you have problems. You have to see things in a positive way. But obviously today has not been one of my best days,” said Lorenzo, repeatedly seen examining his front tyre during practice, before walking straight out of the garage at the end of FP2.

“We have problems with this tarmac, which didn't improve like in other years. It kept being very dirty and not so grippy, especially in the braking. We have some problems with this bike with this tarmac and these tyres. The only thing that we can do is try to improve the bike and be more competitive tomorrow.”

Illustrating Lorenzo's point about the track failing to clean as quickly as expected, the Spaniard had progressed from a 1m 44.750s (FP1) to 1m 39.463s (FP2) last year. Today he began with a near identical 1m 44.742s in the morning, but only managed a 1m 42.819s in the afternoon session.

MotoGP has changed from Bridgestone to Michelin tyres this season and introduced standard ECU software.

Now Lorenzo must wait and hope that the forecast rain does not arrive on Saturday morning. “We hope it won't rain because now we are out of the top ten places to go directly to Qualifying 2,” he confirmed.

Team-mate Valentino Rossi was seventh quickest.




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Jack Mordino

April 02, 2016 2:30 AM
Last Edited 118 days ago

I kind of like the variation in performances that the variation in conditions bring about. Much more than we see in F1. I also find it quite interesting that such occurrences provide insight into the different riding styles and "modes of concentration" of various riders. Lorenzo is, indeed like a fine lab tool, possessing a laser-ultra-focus type of concentration. Unsurpassable in ideal conditions but more prone to failure when things are tough. Marquez is the exact opposite: He is like a seven-barrelled GAU 8/A anti-tank gun smothering the bike with a riding dominance that needs substantial protest to understand when enough is enough. Rossi is somewhere in the middle, something like a guided missile: more controlled than Marquez but certainly not as pure laser as Lorenzo. It is possible to understand who is riding when watching onboard footage too,. Lorenzo's riding is almost inhuman in its precision, especially the way he tips it in: it's like it is performed by a high-spec automo



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