Saturday, April 26, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo 2nd, Rossi 6th in MotoGP Qualifying in Argentina

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Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina
Grand Prix of Argentina
First Front Row of 2014 for Lorenzo in Argentina
14:35 Local time GMT-3
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 25°C
Track 36°C
TemperatureHumidity 46%
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 Termas de Rio Hondo (Argentina), 26th April 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
rider Jorge Lorenzo scored his first front row start of the season today, taking second in qualifying for tomorrow’s Gran Premio de la República Argentina at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. Teammate Valentino Rossi took a second row start with sixth place.

In an unusual move Lorenzo was the last to exit the pit lane today in qualifying, waiting for the pack to go before hitting the track in quiet space. The Mallorcan chose to go out with the harder option rear tyre for the first time attack, using it to score a best time of 1’39.248 to take fourth in the provisional standings. Lorenzo then returned to the pits to switch to the medium, softer option rear tyre and was back on track with five minutes remaining in fifth place. The softer tyre was the key to a front row, helping him to jump three places further up to second, securing his first front row start of the season with a 1’38.425 second lap.

Rossi also took his time to leave the pits for the qualifying session, exiting just before Lorenzo as second to last on track. The nine-time world champion got straight down to business, scoring a temporary fifth place on his first flying lap with a 1’39.421. A second flying lap saw him then enter the pits for fresh rubber 1.132 seconds from first with a 1’39.359. With just over five minutes remaining he was back out and breaking under the 1’39 mark. Rossi scored his session best on the sixth lap with a 1’38.949 to take sixth on the grid on the second row.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
2nd / 1'38.425 / 7 laps
“We are trying to solve every challenge we can to be as competitive as possible. Today we made a small modification before the qualifying practice that proved to be good. It was better entering the corner and also gave us more traction so I could be a bit faster. I pushed at the maximum with the soft tyre to make a fast lap time and was able to make it. We are trying our best to be as competitive as possible and take the maximum so we are satisfied with the result.”

46Valentino Rossi
6th / 1'38.949 / 8 laps
“I am happy about today, it was a good practice. This morning we improved a lot the bike and this afternoon I had a good pace and was quite constant. Unfortunately I wanted to make it better in the fastest lap but I was not able to make the last 10%. I am in the second row that is quite good, we have to work and decide the tyres but I have a good feeling. We will see tomorrow.”

Valentino Rossi
Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“Our situation is getting better. Once the circuit improved grip we automatically got faster. Combined with this we have also made big improvements to the setting and the track knowledge of the riders has improved. Now we are trying to find something else on both sides of the garage for the warm up where we can test it to be ready to start the race. Jorge delivered a really strong performance in qualifying; he showed what he is capable of with a great flying lap for second place. Vale did well and the second row is a good place to start for tomorrow’s race. We know his pace is good so we are confident he will be competitive and with the front guys. We expect to improve for tomorrow and we don’t expect the tyres to be an issue. We have our eyes firmly set on the podium.”
The extended imagery from today's Qualifying session at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'37.683
2.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'38.425
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'38.651
4.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'38.794
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'38.856
6.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'38.949
7.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'38.958
8.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'39.237
9.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'39.297
10.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'39.429
11.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'39.822
12.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'40.238
13.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'40.476
14.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'40.541
15.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'40.615
16.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'40.616
17.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'40.691
18.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'40.981
19.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team1'41.018
20.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'41.103
21.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'41.129
22.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'41.267
23.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project1'41.686
Technical Informations
CircuitAutódromo Termas de Río Hondo
LocationTermas de Río Hondo, Argentina
Length (m)4.806
Width (m)16
Turns righ9
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Argentina
Record Lap
Time New Circuit
RiderNew Circuit
BikeNew Circuit
Best Lap
Time 1'37.683
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