Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo is confident he will be able to fight for the win in Sunday’s Sepang MotoGP clash after topping the table in wet conditions and only trailing Dani Pedrosa by fractions when the track was dry in free practice one.
Lorenzo was two seconds faster than the pack in the sopping second session and was only caught late on my Marc Marquez while Pedrosa remained a second off the pace.
“In the wet I was really satisfied, really happy because in the middle of the practice I was pushing quite hard but feeling good and my laptime was two seconds quicker than anyone. Finally, Marc improve and Dani improve but at this moment I was really fast. Unfortunately Valentino wasn’t, this means our setting is working really well,” said Lorenzo, speaking at Sepang.
“In the dry I was third, but second as Aleix used the soft tyre. Dani seems strong but I think we can fight for the win. Looks like the tarmac is getting worse and worse every year, is less grippy and more bumpy so the chattering comes. Is for everyone the same and we have to find a setup to avoid it.”
Lorenzo thinks that scheduling the race for TV audiences at four o’clock local time may put a dry race in jeopardy as that period in the afternoon is normally when the heavens open.
“The race is at four for the televisions when it should be at two, and at four in this country is when you get the rain. We hope to have a completely dry race or wet race, but not in between as that would be difficult for everyone.”