Lorenzo: Much better start than at Sepang
15 February 2017 – Jorge Lorenzo described his start to MotoGP's second pre-season test at Phillip Island as "a lot better" than the first, as he continues to get to grips with Ducati's Desmosedici GP17.
Lorenzo ended the first day of the opening Sepang test back in 17th, over one-and-a-half seconds off the pace, set by Ducati tester Casey Stoner and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.
Although still only 11th during Wednesday's running at the Australian Grand Prix venue, he finished a tenth behind Dovizioso, and around a second down on pace-setter Marc Márquez.
"The tests here have begun a lot better than at Sepang," said Lorenzo.
"We used the same base set-up that we had established at the end of the test in Malaysia.
"It was a shame that [late on] we were unable to improve our lap times while other riders did.
"We struggled to lower our lap times because of the strong wind and, in addition, the last rear tyre we fitted didn't have the same sort of performance that we had expected."
Lorenzo added that he is feeling more comfortable with every run.
"It's positive the fact that every day [on the bike] we are accumulating new information, and that we are always making small steps forward," stated the three-time MotoGP champion.
Lorenzo racked up 61 laps on the first day, three fewer than Dovizioso.