Lorenzo without crew chief for Mugello practice

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 29 May 2015

Lorenzo was without Forcada today

Jorge Lorenzo found himself in a predicament on the first day of the 2015 Italian Grand Prix with his crew chief notably absent from proceedings.

Roman Forcada couldn’t make it to the Tuscan circuit on Friday due to ‘personal reasons’ but it is understood he will return for qualifying tomorrow.

Lorenzo finished second and third in today’s free practice sessions, ending up almost four tenths behind pace setter Andrea Dovizioso.

Despite this still being a strong start, Lorenzo says he and his crew have struggled to make progress without Forcada’s direction.

Lorenzo was still third fastest

“Today I tried to keep with the Ducatis but it has been difficult”, Lorenzo explained. “My crew chief, Ramon Forcada, has not been here today so we had to manage with the mechanics and engineers. It’s been difficult, we are not used to working without Ramon. I think this is not our best so tomorrow in practice we need to improve the bike.

“We don’t have anybody to do the things that Ramon was doing. The rest of the team have their own jobs to do so everyone is a bit confused.

“Ducati said at their test they made positive times so everybody expected them to be fast today. They are strong and they have a powerful engine so this helps on the straight compared to our bike, but we will see.”


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