Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi may have the energy of the fans as he chases back-to-back wins at his home circuit Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, but teammate Jorge Lorenzo has the speed so far.Lorenzo was immediately up to pace on Friday, finishing second in free practice one behind Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, and storming to the top in free practice two. During FP2, Lorenzo posted a new best lap (non-race conditions) at the resurfaced Misano Circuit with a 1:32.871. The two-time MotoGP Champion then bettered this with a 1:32.192 during Saturday’s Free Practice three, which became the best lap throughout all free practices (free practice four is typically for last minute adjustments, and all riders were much slower).
Like Rossi, Lorenzo also has three MotoGP victories at Misano. The Spaniard had won there 2011-2013, but lost last year to Rossi. Lorenzo has never finished worse than second, and will seek this momentum during qualifying and Sunday’s 28-lap race as he looks to lessen Rossi’s 12-point lead in the point standings.As for Rossi, who is donning shark graphics on his AGV lid to entertain his home crowd, the 36-year-old Italian finished third in FP3, 0.601 of a second behind Lorenzo. Finishing second, 0.229 of a second back was two-time reigning MotoGP Champion Marquez.Rounding out the top five were Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso (-0.610) and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (-0.663).The riders return to Misano this afternoon for Qualifying. Last year, Lorenzo took the pole position ahead of Andrea Iannone (then a Pramac Racing Ducati satellite rider) and Rossi.
This week Teejay chats to Tyler Poppe. Tyler works on the TV show Mayans MC–and yet he doesn’t ride an American V-Twin. Wassup with that?? Also, Arthur finds out from friend Mike Cardillo about his thoughts on the full-size version of the Kawasaki KLX 140R F trail bike.