LORENZO STRUGGLES AS WEATHER TURNS NASTY IN JEREZ2008-02-17 08:27
Fiat Yamaha Team rookie Jorge Lorenzo had his first experience riding a MotoGP bike in the wet today, when heavy rain and wind descended on the Spanish circuit of Jerez. After three consecutive tests in good weather in Malaysia, it was something of a shock to the young Spaniard who struggled to get to grips with his M1 on the damp track.
This morning brought heavy rain and the free practice session before lunch was a steep learning curve for Lorenzo, who nonetheless improved throughout as he gradually got used to his bike and tyres in the wet. The rain then gradually lessened over lunch, which meant the track conditions were very patchy for the traditional forty-minute Official Practice session, making life even harder for the riders. Lorenzo finally completed only 11 laps during the session, choosing to come back in and work with his team rather than push any harder in the tricky conditions. His time of 1'53.292 put him 16th overall but he was quick to confirm that the day had been a valuable one in terms of experience. His team-mate Valentino Rossi meanwhile had a more positive day, finishing second.
"Today hasn't been as good as I hoped. It's the first time I've ridden the Yamaha in the wet and everything was quite different. It was another thing to think about; I didn't feel so good and I was very slow today, braking too early and accelerating too late. I made some improvement in the morning as far as just getting used to the bike and tyres in the wet, but I was lacking some grip and therefore also confidence. This afternoon, during the qualifying, I preferred to stop and try to change things, rather than to push for no reason, so this is why my time was so slow. We've got a lot to work on and after yesterday today has been disappointing, but as usual we've learned a lot and now I know what to expect next time it rains."
"The session this afternoon was especially hard for us because it wasn't completely wet or completely dry. It's the first time that Jorge has ridden the Yamaha in the wet and it has shown that he needs some more time in order to adapt his riding style to these sorts of conditions. All experience counts and despite the difficulties it's been important to have a day like this in order to learn. Next time I am sure he will be in much better shape."
Source: Fiat Yamaha
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