Yamaha's Lorenzo battles windy conditions at Phillip Island

The first practice of the weekend for the Grand Prix of Australia got underway today with Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo battling windy conditions to finish third in the combined times just 0.121 seconds behind Championship rival Dani Pedrosa in second. Lorenzo’s crew worked hard to find better stability for the Championship leader as strong winds across parts of the track made it difficult to find a good pace.

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Photo by: Yamaha MotoGP

Jorge Lorenzo Position 3rd - Time: 1'31.005 - Laps 27 “It’s been really tough so far today, the conditions are quite difficult. It’s been really windy which makes it very uncomfortable to ride. We are going to try and stay with Dani here and also Casey but he is very fast, he’s on another level at this track. I think we are close to Dani so our goal is to try and beat him. We’re going to try and make the bike more stable tomorrow to keep the wheels on the ground and make it more comfortable in the wind.”

Wilco Zeelenberg - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager “Today wasn’t our best practice day of the season, we struggled with the wind. It looks like we’re not far off with the set up but we need a little bit better stability, especially in the windy corners like turn three and on the back straight. Jorge is feeling good and riding well so I think we will get there tomorrow.”

Source: Yamaha

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Phillip Island
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing
Article type Practice report
Tags australian grand prix, lorenzo, phillip island, yamaha