MOTOGP: First Blood; Jorge Lorenzo Paces Opening Day of Free Practice at Silverstone

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Jorge Lorenzo led the way during MotoGP practice on Friday at the Silverstone Circuit in England.

Lorenzo put in a faultless performance on an action-packed first day of practice to snatch the advantage in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship battle from his teammate Valentino Rossi. The Spaniard finished just .033 of a second ahead of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez in a thrilling end to the day’s action. Local hero Bradley Smith impressed to finish in third and complete the provisional front row.

“The feeling has been good from the beginning,” Lorenzo said. “I didn’t expect to improve so much in the afternoon session on my first run, but my lap time was suddenly a second quicker and was fast enough for me to stay in first position. We still need to improve our pace a little bit, because the track is very cold and this made the tire go down a little bit after every run. We need to work on the bike to make it easier on tire-life to be able to keep up a higher pace. The car racing at Silverstone is making the asphalt very bumpy, especially on braking, and I think it’s a bit slower compared to last year, but the bikes seem to be faster, making the lap times similar.

Rossi ended the day nearly a second behind his teammate in tenth on the practice charts.

“This morning wasn’t so bad, but we had some more problems this afternoon because we tried to modify the bike to improve the tire-life but I wasn’t fast and strong enough,” said Rossi. “I didn’t feel very well on the bike and lost some positions. The practice in the afternoon was a bit difficult, but we were able to try some different things and now we will check the data and try to put it all together to be stronger tomorrow. Here in Silverstone the weather is always a big question mark and just like everybody else we would prefer all practice sessions to be dry, but that might not be possible because the weather is becoming worse. Fortunately I‘m in the top ten, so it’s not a big problem if we have a wet practice tomorrow, but we all hope for a dry session so we can improve the setting.”

CREDIT: MotoGP World Championship

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