‘Argentina track much worse than last year’

Jorge Lorenzo has admitted that he is not a fan of the track being used for the MotoGP race in Argentina.

After winning the season opener in Qatar, the reigning MotoGP champion struggled during the two free practice sessions in Argentina on Friday as he posted the 12th fastest time in the first free practice and the 14th fastest time in the second free practice.

The Movistar Yamaha rider is puzzled as to why he wasn’t able to be more competitive, but insists that he must turn his fortunes around on Saturday.

“The track is much worse than last year and I don’t know why,” he told reporters. “There are some more bumps and less grip. It looks like our rivals are a lot better under these conditions.

“We have to understand what we can do to be fast with our bike. It was very difficult. This is racing, sometimes you are in the top, sometimes you are having problems but you have to see things in a positive way. But obviously today has not been one of my best days.

“We have some problems with this Tarmac that didn’t improve like other years, it kept very dirty and not so grippy, especially in the braking, we have some problems with this bike with this Tarmac and these tyres. The only thing that we can do is try to improve the bike and be more competitive tomorrow.”

With rain forecasted on Saturday, Lorenzo, who is in 12th place on the combined practice times list, admitted that there is a chance that he may miss out on the second phase of qualifying.

The Spaniard attributed this to the fact that he didn’t use new tyres towards the end of the second free practice.

“We didn’t plan the best strategy today,” he said. “We are out [of Q2] for first time if tomorrow rains, so we have to hope tomorrow doesn’t rain and we can improve in the morning the laptimes.”