SEPANG – Last year’s MotoGP World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo clocked the fastest time on the first day of the official pre-season testing at the Sepang Circuit, here yesterday.
The 28-year-old Spaniard clocked two minutes and 0.684 seconds on his 32nd of 37 laps done at the session yesterday.
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider led the way from his team mate, Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda Team rider, Dani Pedrosa who came in second and third, respectively.
Rossi was 1.033 seconds behind Lorenzo with a time of 2:01.717s while Pedrosa clocked 2:01.780s.
“I’m very happy and surprised about the feeling I had today with the Michelin tyres. The lap times were relatively easy to achieve.
“Every time we exited the pit lane, we improved something on the bike to understand the electronics better and they adapted very well to the Michelin tyres,” said Lorenzo, who posted the best lap time right from the start.
The pre-season testing was held from 10am to 6pm and 15 minutes before the session ended, the sky opened up on the Sepang Circuit.
Lorenzo noted that it was not always an easy task to tackle the hot and humid weather at the Sepang Circuit when he was still recovering from jetlag and having a sore throat.
“Today I only slept for two hours and I have sore throat, so I’m taking antibiotics. My physical condition is not perfect…If I was fitter, I could do longer stints,” said Lorenzo who only managed 37 laps.
Meanwhile, Rossi admitted that his team mate was stronger than other riders.
“…My position is not so bad and we worked a lot on the bike. It is just the first day and the total count will be at the end of the third (session) but we have a lot of things to do.
“We’re not at the same level as last year but it’s already good to ride the bike and especially the Michelin front tyre improved a lot, so the feeling when you ride the bike is more similar to last year,” said the seven-time premier class world champion.
The pre-season testing at Sepang Circuit was the first time that all riders took to the track with the spec ECU and Michelin tyres fitted together.
The eight-hour official pre-season testing continues today.