Jorge Lorenzo tops tyre test for third day

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Wednesday 5th March, 2014 - 5:46pm

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Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha star Jorge Lorenzo completed the crucial three-day MotoGP tyre test at Phillip Island on top of the time sheets.

As he did on the opening two days, Lorenzo had plucked the fastest lap around the circuit which was laid with fresh bitumen last year.

The new surface led to extraordinary tyre wear problems which prompted Bridgestone to order the current round of testing in order to gather data on which is the best compound to use for October’s round of the MotoGP World Championship.

Lorenzo peeled off a 1:29.068s lap to better his day two time of 1:29.133s and which was almost .2s quicker than his Monday best.

Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was second fastest in 1:29.458s while Valentino Rossi was third fastest on the second factory Yamaha in 1:29.554s.

Cal Crutchlow was fourth after turning a best of 1:29.606, almost half a second head of fellow Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

The fastest of the Moto2 contingent was again Esteve Rabat in 1:32.194s ahead of Jordi Torres (1:32.998s).

Mika Kallio (1:33.149s) while Nico Terol produced a best of 1:34.443s to complete the nine riders in the test.

The MotoGP season kicks off at Qatar on March 23.

See below for day 3

1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 1:29.068
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1:29.458
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 1:29.554
4 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Team 1:29.606
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 1:30.101
6 Esteve Rabat Marc VDS Racing Team 1:32.194
7 Jordi Torres Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2 1:32.998
8 Mika Kallio Marc VDS Racing Team 1:33.149
9 Nico Terol Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2  1:34.443

 

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