Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo ended the first day of free practice in the Czech Republic third fastest.
Starting the first free practice session fastest, Lorenzo ultimately ended the first morning session third fastest just behind Andrea Iannone and his team-mate Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo and his crew then switched their attention to the slightly cooler afternoon, where he remained at the sharp end of the field, before ending the day behind Marc Marquez and Iannone.
Lorenzo’s best time of a 1’55.977 was just over a tenth slower than that of Marquez, but despite trailing his compatriot, the World Champion was happy with his first days work in Brno.
“Today we had a good day at the Brno circuit. In the morning during the practice some drops of rain came down and it was a bit colder but in the afternoon we found the track to be perfect with good conditions,” explained Lorenzo.
“We were able to be fast both on one lap as well as keep up the pace, so I’m quite satisfied with the bike. The track has some bumps, even more than last year, but it is the same for everyone. Tomorrow we have some margin to improve.”
Lorenzo is currently trailing Marc Marquez by 43 points and will be hoping the rain stays away for Sunday’s MotoGP race as he bids to hunt down the two-time MotoGP World Champion.
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