Lorenzo Fast Despite Rainy Test Day

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Jorge Lorenzo was fastest during MotoGP testing at Jerez Friday. (Yamaha Factory Racing Photo)
Jorge Lorenzo was fastest during MotoGP testing at Jerez Friday. (Yamaha Factory Racing Photo)

JEREZ, Spain – Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo kicked off day one of three of the final pre-season test of 2013 at the front, leading the MotoGP field by over a second in the time sheets at Circuito de Jerez.

Today’s first day of action was a disappointing affair for the MotoGP riders with black clouds, heavy rains and a waterlogged track hampering testing efforts.

Despite the adverse weather Lorenzo managed to achieve 39 laps whilst working on the wet set up of his YZR-M1, registering a fast lap 1:47.423.

Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were second and third quick, followed by Andrea Iannone for Pramac and Michele Pirro for Ducati.

“We stayed on the track the whole day in the wet conditions and it was good to see how the bike performed,” Lorenzo said. “We improved a little bit but then the rear tire dropped so we have to calm the bike down a little bit in the acceleration.”

The series has two more days of testing at Jerez, the final pre-season test before the season opener on April 7 in Qatar.