Lorenzo Leads Day One In Mugello
MUGELLO, Italy – Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo proved to be the man to beat today, setting the fastest times in both morning and afternoon practice for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Italy at the Mugello Circuit.
Last year’s race winner was clearly comfortable from the start, setting an impressive record beating 1:48.076 lap and remaining unchallenged at the top of the time sheets.
“I’m really happy because from the beginning we’ve been quite fast,” Lorenzo said. “We haven’t had to make many changes to the bike, the feeling is great with the track and it’s working well. I feel good with the suspension, throttle and braking. Everything seems quite clear, we have to work on some small details but we’ve made an excellent beginning.”
Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa, who yesterday announced he had signed a two-year contract extension, was second fastest in the first practice. His teammate Casey Stoner was second in the first practice.
Completing the top five in the second practice were Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso.
The remainder of the top five in the first practice were Pedrosa, Hayden and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow.