Jorge Lorenzo once again had a scare before the race had even started at Mugello, crashing on the sighting lap in an unexpected freak fall. The incident caught everyone by surprise, including Team Manager Daniele Romagnoli.
Jorge Lorenzo Speaks…
With an exceptionally close situation at the top of the FIM MotoGP World Championship standings, the premier class riders could be forgiven for focusing exclusively on their immediate rivals. However, Mugello is a special track for the 800cc competitors and merits added attention from them, as they explained on Thursday ahead of the Gran Premio d’Italia Alice.
The pre-event press conference for the Italian round brought five riders out of the pleasant sun present at the track and inside to face the gathered media.
The weather in Le Mans was true to form today, with the first day of practice for the French Grand Prix interrupted by rain. Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, who were part of an all-Yamaha podium at this race last year, completed the session in sixth and seventh places respectively.
From this race onwards all practice sessions will last for one hour, as in previous years, which will give the riders an extra 45 minutes of track time across the three sessions.
The Gran Premio bwin.com de España ultimately ended in huge disappointment for Spanish star Jorge Lorenzo, as he slipped from first to joint third in the MotoGP standings with his costly crash on lap 24.
Having started on pole in front of 120,000 passionate fans on home territory the Fiat Yamaha youngster was hoping to repeat his superb Motegi win, but looked off colour in the early stages and was pushing hard in his game of catch up with Casey Stoner for third place when he hit the deck.
Arriving at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España as the World Championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo had looked to extend his advantage with his first home victory in the premier class. He started from pole and did everything possible to chase a podium finish once Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa had broken free, but in the end the Spaniard paid a heavy price for taking too many risks.
Lorenzo crashed his Fiat Yamaha M1 when desperately trying to chase down Casey Stoner, his rival for third place.
The MotoGP World Championship’s return to Europe saw the riders in high spirits on Thursday afternoon. Back in more familiar surroundings and accompanied by Spanish sunshine, a relaxed and jovial atmosphere was present at the Circuito de Jerez, the scene for this weekend’s Gran Premio bwin.com de España.
In the middle of the table for the pre-event press conference, current World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo gave his thoughts on the current state of play in the premier class to the gathered press.
The MotoGP World Championship’s return to Europe saw the riders in high spirits on Thursday afternoon at Jerez, the scene for this weekend’s Gran Premio bwin.com de España.
At the pre-event press conference, current World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo gave his thoughts on competing in Spain for the first time this year.
The MotoGP circus has its first European port of call this weekend, at Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Spain. After the rain-interrupted first two races, springtime in Andalucia will hopefully bring calmer weather for the riders and the capacity crowd of passionate Spanish fans.
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