Saturday, August 8

LORENZO IGNORES HISTORY

Jorge Lorenzo gets back to business at Indianapolis.
Although Valentino Rossi won the first Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix when the famed US circuit joined the MotoGP calendar in 2008, and Jorge Lorenzo won there for Yamaha in 2009, more recently it has been a Honda track.
In 2010 Dani Pedrosa won from Yamaha's Ben Spies, then a year later Casey Stoner won from Pedrosa for a Repsol Honda 1-2.  In 2012 Pedrosa won again, from Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso (Tech 3 Yamaha) with Stoner fourth riding with a broken ankle.
In 2013 Marc Marquez led a Repsol Honda 1-2 and last year he won again, this time narrowly beating the Yamaha of Lorenzo with Rossi third and Pedrosa fourth on the second Repsol Honda.
So that's a five-year winning streak for Honda, which, courtesy of Marquez, owns the race record for 27 laps of the Brickyard with a race time of  42 minutes, 7.41 seconds for an average speed of 160.3 km/h.
Fresh from the summer break and perhaps thinking of his 2009 success, Jorge Lorenzo immediately got to work on his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP machine to lead the first practice session. 
Each year Indianapolis represents a great obstacle on the first day, as the track condition is less than ideal.  But Lorenzo quickly got a feel for the US track and led for much of the first practice session.
Friday afternoon saw temperatures rise and the battle on track intensified as Lorenzo and Marc Marquez battled for the top spot in the second session.  Both riders have an illustrious history at the track, Marquez having won on four occasions and Lorenzo having six MotoGP podiums.  As their battle devolved into a last minute shoot out, Lorenzo produced a 1m 32.860s to lead the day, just a whisker outside the 1:32.831 lap record Marquez set on lap 17 of last year's.
“I‘m very happy, because with every change we made we were able to improve the bike a bit," Lorenzo enthused.
"I‘m riding very well and had a good feeling with the bike so I was able to ride close to the limit for the moment.  We had the same sensation with the harder tyre; while other riders had used a new soft tyre, they couldn‘t even get close to our time, so that was a very good sign in the morning and we confirmed it in the afternoon.  Let‘s see if we continue working this way and we‘ll concentrate on improving the bike even more.”
Andrea Dovizioso had to use a soft tyre to get close to Lorenzo's lap times...
Behind the duelling Spaniards were the duelling Italians - Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone on their factory Ducatis.
Both Ducati Team riders got their Indianapolis Grand Prix weekend off to a positive start, Dovizioso ending the day third fastest with Iannone fourth.
 The MotoGP riders went out in the morning for their first free practice run in perfect sunny weather conditions and at the end of the 45 minute session Dovizioso was third quickest with Iannone in sixth.

Both riders improved in FP2 in the afternoon after fitting a soft rear tyre towards the end of the session to set their quickest times of the day.  Dovizioso recorded a 1m 33.155s lap, while Iannone was a fraction off his team-mate’s pace in 1m 33.166s.
For the rest of the FP2 lap times, click here