How Lorenzo ruled in Qatar

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Lorenzo’s com­mand­ing vic­tory in Qatar will no doubt give his ri­vals some sleep­less nights be­fore the se­cond round of the cham­pi­onship in Ar­gentina in two weeks’ time. The 28-year-old Spa­niard’s abil­ity to ex­ploit the new Miche­lin tyres and con­trol the elec­tron­ics meant he de­liv­ered a smooth-rid­ing mas­ter­class in the clos­ing stages of the race.

And, per­haps even more telling about how well the Spa­niard has gelled with the new French tyres, he even re­vealed af­ter the race that he had taken the un­usual de­ci­sion of ig­nor­ing the ad­vice of his tyre tech­ni­cian. ÒHE wanted me to use the hard tyre,ó ad­mit­ted Lorenzo, who ended up in­stead us­ing the soft rear op­tion along­side a harder front. Òbut my de­ci­sion prob­a­bly helped me win.ó

Òthe­o­ret­i­cally, a soft tyre should be worse at the end of the race, but this time it was the op­po­site Ð it got bet­ter and bet­ter! Not with­out slid­ing, be­cause I was slid­ing so much at the end of the race even if I looked smooth Ð but ev­ery time I braked, I could brake later, as well as open­ing the throt­tle ear­lier. So the speed I could get in the last few laps was im­pres­sive.ó

Lorenzo’s pace was good enough to blow away Casey Stoner’s long-stand­ing lap record from 2008. And even more omi­nous is the fact that Lorenzo set that best time on lap 20 of the race.

And with that suc­cess comes the re­al­ity for his ri­vals that the new tyres and elec­tron­ics may just suit Lorenzo even more that the out­go­ing Bridge­stones and full fac­tory ECU.

Com­pa­triot Mar­quez con­grat­u­lates Lorenzo Lorenzo ig­nored the ad­vice of his tyre tech­ni­cian – and blew away the rest of the field Will this be a fa­mil­iar sight for Lorenzo’s 2016 ti­tle ri­vals? Lorenzo won, but Rossi had ev­ery rea­son to smile

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