Saturday, August 8

LORENZO GETS THE BALL ROLLING AT INDY

After a three week summer break, the MotoGP teams were back on track yesterday for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Topping the table in the first practice session was Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who clocked a best lap of 1m 33.654s, edging out Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez by not quite a tenth of a second.


It was positive first session for Repsol Honda riders Marquez and Dani Pedrosa as they reacquainted themselves with their bikes and this tricky, twisty 4.1km circuit.  Marquez finished the session with a time of 1m 33.747s on lap 16 of 19 while Pedrosa clocked a 2:34.050 for fourth fastest, set early in the session, on lap five of 17.

Splitting the two Repsol Honda riders was Andrea Dovizioso on the first of the factory Ducatis.  His best lap was 2:33.871, despite some front-end worries.

“I am quite pleased with the feeling today with my Desmosedici GP15.  The base setting is good, but we still have a few limits and above all an annoying vibration at the front," Dovizioso reported. 

"There are various points of the track where I am unable to push as hard as I would like and on my fastest lap I also risked crashing by almost losing the front.  We will have to work hard to improve our pace, especially because the top two are still some way ahead.”

For his part, Marc Marquez said the first session was "positive" despite the track being a little slippery.

"Even though the track is more slippery than other circuits, it’s consistent and already improved from the beginning to the end of this session, so it will get better and better as more rubber is laid down and the times will get faster," Marquez predicted.

Times from the first session at Indianapolis here