Yamaha duo aim for podium
19 March 2011 – Factory Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have set their sights on a podium finish during tomorrow’s season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. At the end of the one hour qualifying session it was Lorenzo who led his team-mate Spies, with the pair earning the right to line up on tomorrow's grid in third and fifth place respectively.
"There were some really impressive lap times out there tonight in the session," Lorenzo commented. "We are still quite far behind the front but our goal is to finish on the podium and that is in my mind for tomorrow. My race pace is pretty good; I think I can keep running 1:55.7’s or maybe 1:55.8’s. We will finalise our set up in warm up and try to achieve that tomorrow."
Spies added: "It was actually better to be fifth than fourth for grid position although I'd have liked to be on the front row! It wasn't a perfect session, I didn't nail a perfect lap time but you rarely do. I don't think we were too far off the maximum, maybe there were two tenths left in the bike and that's it. It's not so bad though, we have a good package to battle for the podium tomorrow. I did the best I could so not a bad start to the year."