Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo showed no signs of “taking it easy” as he prepares for Sunday’s race where title rival Valentino Rossi will start at the back of the grid. Lorenzo was the fastest man during today’s two practice sessions (combined time) with the Honda factory riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, slotting in behind him.
Rossi was fifth quickest on the day … not a bad start for the rider who normally eases into the weekend.
The Honda riders are complaining about front tire grip that deteriorates after just a few laps. Indeed, and ironically, Marc Marquez indicated he may need to ride a Phillip Island-like race, where he varied the pace to allow his front tire to periodically cool down.
We will post a report on qualifying results tomorrow.
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