Lorenzo: record-setting lap ‘almost perfect’

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo has described his record-setting lap during qualifying for the Czech Republic Grand Prix as “almost perfect”.

The Spaniard set a time of 1’54.989 on Saturday to claim pole position on the grid, and set the record for fastest ever Moto GP lap at the Brno circuit.

While he was happy with the record and result, he insisted that the lap was not perfect because perfection was impossible.

“I am really proud of my two lap times, because the first one was as impressive as the second but just not enough to make the pole position,” he told Motogp.com.

“In the end I had to improve the lap time by two or three tenths to keep an advantage over Marc (Marquez).

“I didn‘t expect my time, but I didn't expect those from Marc or even Valentino (Rossi) either, but everyone was pushing so much and they improved a lot.

“My pole position lap was very good, almost perfect, except maybe the last corner wasn‘t because I had a lot of wheel spin, but a perfect lap is impossible, so we have to be very satisfied. I am confident for tomorrow because I think we have a great base setting.

“We will see tomorrow what the weather is like, how our rivals are doing after some laps, but we are confident.”

Lorenzo was the first ever Moto GP rider to dip under 1’55 at the track. His time was just 0.074 seconds faster than that of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. Rossi will start the race in third on the grid after his fastest lap was 0.364 slower than his teammate’s.