The battle continues between Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi at Phillip Island today with Lorenzo starting at the front row at 3rd spot and Valentino Rossi starts from second row at 7th spot. The race is expected to be very exciting as Rossi at least have to finish one spot behind Lorenzo, fighting to be crowned MotoGP World Champion for the 10th times.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha #99) – 1’28.680 (3rd)
“I was a little bit angry after qualifying, because my real position was second place if I could have been on track alone, but with my tow Iannone was very fast here and the Ducati’s soft tyre for sure helped him to improve two or three tenths of a second and take second from me. This is very important because usually I start better than Marquez, but my starts are the same or maybe even a bit worse than Iannone’s so this will make the first lap more difficult. We will have to be patient and know that the race is very long. Little by little I will work my way to the front and fight with Marquez for victory, that’s my goal. I’m happy with my last three fast laps, but not so much with the position, but it’s not so bad in the bigger perspective, because Vale is on the third row.”
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha #46) – 1’29.014 (7th)
“Starting from third row is always difficult and we expected a little bit more. During today we tried some different things to improve our speed, but we haven’t found a good solution. I remain consistent with my lap times, but they are not fast enough, so at the end we arrived at qualifying not being ready. I was able to do a lap that was not so bad, but it wasn’t enough to start more in front. Bridgestone is worried about this track, especially considering the past, but the grip of the new asphalt is less, so everybody’s wheels spin a lot. For this reason I think that the life of the tyre is not a problem, but it’s more important to find the right balance of the bike to reduce wheel spin.”