Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas 20 Apr - 22 Apr
Second row start for Jorge Lorenzo, sixth in qualifying at Austin. Andrea Dovizioso, in eighth, will start from row 3 in the GP of The Americas
he Ducati Team riders will start the GP of The Americas, round 3 of the 2018 MotoGP world championship season, from rows 2 and 3 after qualifying at the Austin, Texas circuit.
Jorge Lorenzo was sixth quickest with a lap time of 2’04.294, less than a tenth of a second away from the third-placed man, and the Spanish rider will start tomorrow’s twenty-lap race from row 2.
Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was a couple of places down in eighth, and the Italian will start the GP of The Americas, scheduled for 14.00 local time (21.00 CET), from the third row.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 6th (2’04.294)
“I’m pleased because we were able to resolve some of our problems and in qualifying I did a really really good lap that allows me to start from the second row: after the way things were this morning, that wasn’t easy. It was a real pity that I missed out on the front row by one-tenth of a second, but in any case tomorrow we are starting from a good position. With new tyres my bike improves a lot, while on used tyres we are still struggling to keep a good pace. I hope the weather conditions improve tomorrow and the sun comes out so we can continue with the same setting that worked well today.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 8th (2’04.865)
“Today was a very productive day because the changes we made to the bike went in the right direction and we got a lot closer to the guys at the front. Now we can start to think about getting on the podium tomorrow, but I believe there are going to be a lot of us with the same idea. In any case the step we made today was an important one, even though I still don’t have a perfect feeling with my bike on this track.”