The first practice of the weekend for the Grand Prix of Australia got underway today with Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo battling windy conditions to finish third in the combined times just 0.121 seconds behind Championship rival Dani Pedrosa in second. Lorenzo’s crew worked hard to find better stability for the Championship leader as strong winds across parts of the track made it difficult to find a good pace.

Jorge Lorenzo

Position : 3rd Time: 1’31.005 Laps: 19

“It’s been really tough so far today, the conditions are quite difficult. It’s been really windy which makes it very uncomfortable to ride. We are going to try and stay with Dani here and also Casey but he is very fast, he’s on another level at this track. I think we are close to Dani so our goal is to try and beat him. We’re going to try and make the bike more stable tomorrow to keep the wheels on the ground and make it more comfortable in the wind.”

Wilco Zeelenberg – Team Manager

“Today wasn’t our best practice day of the season, we struggled with the wind. It looks like we’re not far off with the set up but we need a little bit better stability, especially in the windy corners like turn three and on the back straight. Jorge is feeling good and riding well so I think we will get there tomorrow.”

Philip Island Combined Free Practice Times
  1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Repsol Honda Team 1’29.999
  2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’30.884
  3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’31.005
  4. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha Tech3 1’31.367
  5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Yamaha Tech3 1’31.458
  6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda Gresini 1’31.616
  7. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda 1’31.702
  8. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Ducati Team 1’32.030
  9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 1’32.654
  10. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 1’32.674
  11. Hector Barbera (SPA) Pramac Racing Team 1’32.706
  12. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 1’32.744
  13. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’33.835
  14. Michele Pirro (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’34.002
  15. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 1’34.479
  16. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 1’34.531
  17. James Ellison (UK) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’34.561
  18. Ivan Silva (SPA) Avintia Racing 1’34.746
  19. Roberto Rolfo (ITA) Speed Master 1’34.771