MotoGP »

Lorenzo `looking forward to battle`.

Jorge Lorenzo and his Fiat Yamaha crew got their strategy right to secure the MotoGP rookie's eighth front row start of the season and fifth in a row at Sepang on Saturday.

An hour of heavy rain left the Malaysian track soaking for the start of the MotoGP practice, but once the sun came out the track began to dry rapidly - changing conditions by the minute.

The Spaniard and his crew did a good job of choosing the right Michelin tyre for the right moment and he was competitive throughout.

A fast final lap left him in second behind Bridgestone-shod team-mate Valentino Rossi, but Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa had the edge and pushed the pair down to second and third, nonetheless leaving Lorenzo in a good position to launch his podium challenge in tomorrow's 21-lap race.

"It was a strange session today but as the track began to get more and more dry I thought that it would be possible to try for the pole position," said Lorenzo, who can secure the 2008 rookie of the year title on Sunday. "I made some good laps but I think in the end, and after so many laps in the wet, I wasn't quite at the maximum in the dry and I didn't do the fastest possible lap I could have.

"Anyway this front row is very important because I am determined to be back on the podium tomorrow and now we are in good shape to fight for that. I hope that the weather is better tomorrow and that we can have a dry race, our bike is working so well here and I am looking forward to the battle," he warned.

"This was a very different kind of qualifying session because the track changed so much, but it was great fun and very exciting!" added team manager Daniele Romagnoli. "The team worked very well and we chose the best tyre for the right conditions each time, so this helped us to be competitive throughout. This morning's session was also very encouraging because we improved a lot from yesterday and our race pace is now very good. We're starting from the front row and we're in good shape so we are expecting an exciting race tomorrow."


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lorenzo, Malaysian MotoGP 2008
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Cristian Gabarrini Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Tardozzi Valencia MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Tardozzi, Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Tardozzi, Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Gabarrini, Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Gabarrini, Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Ronald Revsak

October 18, 2008 4:39 PM

I really hope Lorenzo gets top rookie, he deserves it with all he's been through this season. It will be good to see how he goes in the test after Valencia, might put a couple of quid on him for the championship next year if he does well, he can mix it with the best of them.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.