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MalaysianGP: Lorenzo 1st, Rossi 5th after first day

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JOrge_Lorenzo-2015Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have started the action in the first free practice sessions ahead of this weekend’s penultimate round of the championship.

Lorenzo successfully started off the 25th anniversary of the Malaysia Grand Prix weekend during the slightly hazy morning session. The relatively cool temperatures on track helped the Majorcan rider to make his intentions clear. Aware that every session is important for the outcome of the championship as he attempts to close down the gap to Rossi in the overall standings, he come out of the starting block flying, and posted a best lap of 2’00.622s for second place.

Happy that the usual tropical rain showers at Sepang in the afternoon did not make an appearance today, the Majorcan continued to make progress during the hotter FP2 session. He focused on perfecting his setting until, with eight minutes of the session remaining, it was time to put his YZR-M1 to the test under similar conditions that can be expected for the race if it stays dry. Without further ado he delivered the fastest time of the day of 2’00.246s to lead the first day with a 0.047s advantage over his closest rival.

Teammate Rossi will have his first ‘match point’ this weekend against Lorenzo. The Italian’s eleven-point advantage in the championship standings could potentially earn him the 2015 MotoGP World Championship Title this weekend, depending on Sunday’s race results. With this motivation to push him above and beyond, the nine-time World Champion hit the ground running. Rossi made the most of the dry 45 minutes session and set a solid pace. His best lap of 2’00.915s in the morning session brought him up to fourth place.

In the afternoon the Doctor solely focused on further improving his set-up and tried several tyre and bike setting combinations to suit his riding style best. He worked tirelessly on the baking Malaysian track, but did not improve on his morning time, clocking a fastest time of 2’01.305s. However, his morning’s time was fast enough for him to hold on to fifth place in the combined free practice times, 0.669s behind his teammate.

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Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
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