Jorge Lorenzo has shown again today at Sachsenring his excellent form. The Mallorcan rider was the only one capable of breaking the barrier of 1’21 today on the German track, stopping the clock in a record of 1’20.885 during the final stretch of FP2 that allowed him to release the free Friday in Germany with two-tenths of advantage over another Ducati, that of Danilo Petrucci.
The #99 has not hidden today before the microphones of Movistar MotoGP “being in a great state of form for some races, even on a difficult track for us, losing some ground in the T1 and T2 with respect to Marc Márquez, who is very strong, we have reduced that difference with last year, it seems that this difference of 3-4 tenths has been reduced by half as expected yesterday, and we have that T3 and T4 to recover a tad “.
Although Jorge Lorenzo has achieved a very fast time – half a second from the absolute record of Sachsenring – the Spaniard knows that Marc Marquez has not yet launched his definitive attack on the chronometer. Today the Spaniard has been limited to working the race pace with the medium rear compound, trying on the middle and hard rubber. It will not be until tomorrow in the FP3 when Marc Márquez rides the soft to make his fastest lap.
“It is true that this first position, although it is a great time because I made a great lap with a new tire, it is a bit circumstantial in the sense that we have not seen the time that Marc can do with that new tire”, says Jorge, who achieved his best time with soft rubber in both axes. “I think he has a little more, we have to work a lot more with the bike to have a steady pace.”
For Jorge Lorenzo “it’s a great sign to start first on Friday”, and highlights the work done in his box during FP2 to be able to lead the combined on Friday: “We did a good job during the afternoon because the bike improved during that session, but we still have a few more tenths left to fight with Márquez. ”
Today Jorge Lorenzo has released a new appendix in the tank of his Ducati GP18 that is significantly larger than the piece that already premiered in Mugello with a victory. The Spaniard is still looking for ergonomic solutions when improving his ride with the Desmosedidici, and being Sachsenring one of the longest lying tracks, this new appendix will improve the sensations of #99 throughout the weekend in Germany : “They are small things, it is practically the same as the one used in Assen, we wanted to try small modifications, more or less the same”, said Jorge about this novelty.