Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest rider around the track during the first test for the upcoming MotoGP event at Mugello, reports Cycle News.
The Spanish rider is on top of the point standings once again after Casey Stoner crashed during the German GP last week. Lorenzo also found himself at the top of the leaderboards when Friday testing was all finished, with a fastest lap time of 1:48.076.
“I’m really happy because from the beginning we’ve been quite fast,” Lorenzo told the news source. “We haven’t had to make many changes to the bike, the feeling is great with the track and it’s working well. I feel good with the suspension, throttle and braking. Everything seems quite clear, we have to work on some small details but we’ve made an excellent beginning.”
Lorenzo’s time just barely beat Dani Pedrosa of Honda, who clocked in with 1:48.107. Fresh off his first win of the season in Germany and the news that his contract his been extended with Honda, Pedrosa will be looking to challenge his countrymen at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.
It wasn’t a great test for Casey Stoner, the Australian Honda rider who is retiring at the end of this year. Continuing to deal with the chatter problems that plagued his bike, Stoner only had the sixth-best time of the day, falling behind Nicky Hayden, Hector Barbera and Andrea Dovizioso.