Lorenzo bounces back by topping testing

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Jorge Lorenzo returned to form by topping the timesheets in testing at Brno, putting his recent disappointments behind him.

Lorenzo lost second place in the World Championship rankings to Valentino Rossi on Sunday after finishing 17th in the Czech Republic and now finds himself 59 points behind leader Marc Marquez.

The Spaniard chose not to try out the new Yamaha chassis in testing and speculation has been rife that he was ‘denied’ parts because of his future switch to Ducati.

However, Lorenzo denied the rumours.

“No, I don’t think that was the meaning,” he said.

Lorenzo also revealed that the new chassis isn’t close to his preferred frame and that he and team-mate Rossi use a different design already.

“Theoretically, [Rossi] prefers… We have a different direction in chassis. I understood that he tried another step, in his direction, with this new chassis. So Yamaha have no meaning for me to try this chassis. That’s why I didn’t try.

“I didn’t like the previous step, so theoretically another step would be even worse [for me]. Theoretically. You never know because you don’t try. But for [Yamaha] have no meaning. So I don’t care so much.”

The 29-year-old is happy they could find something “positive” during testing while not giving too many details about exactly what they did test.

“My programme was to try many things and see if they give us benefit. Some of them did. Some didn’t. We are positive because we found something that can give us more speed and we can be more competitive in the next races.”