Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo claimed third place on the grid for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone this afternoon following a tense qualifying session that saw teammate Valentino Rossi take sixth on the second row.
Lorenzo was clearly eager to start the session as the first rider to line up at the pit line exit for the overcast 15-minute session. His first hot lap was a 2’01.798 followed by a 2’01.771 that was good for provisional second place. With six and half minutes left Lorenzo then returned to the pits for a fresh rear tyre.
Returning quickly to the track, the Spaniard dropped a time of 2’01.175 to secure provisional pole position until his rivals’ last minute hot laps pushed him to third at the end.
Teammate Rossi wasted no time at the start of the session to put in his first flying lap. The nine time world champion soon dropped under the 2’02 mark with a 2’01.893, after which he immediately returned to the pits. With just over five minutes remaining he was back on track to pick up the pace and delivered a 2’01.550. The time was good enough to secure the second row in sixth place.