Sunday, April 13, 2014

Rossi 8th & Lorenzo 10th for Movistar Yamaha at COTA MotoGP Round 2

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Austin, Texas
Grand Prix of the Americas
Unfortunate End to Texas Grand Prix Weekend for Movistar Yamaha
14:00 Local time GMT-5
CloudyCloudyTemperatureAir 26°C
Track 32°C
TemperatureHumidity 71%
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 Austin (Texas), 13th April 2014

Today’s Grand Prix of the Americas at the COTA circuit in Austin, Texas proved to be a difficult one for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders with Valentino Rossi taking eighth and teammate Jorge Lorenzo taking tenth.

After a less than perfect start that saw him drop from sixth on the grid to ninth, Rossi re-grouped and started to work his way back through the pack. Displaying his trademark efficiency the nine-time world champion made short work of the opening laps, passing Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl and finally Cal Crutchlow for fourth in turn seven. Rossi then began to close down Andrea Iannone and looked confident of scoring a podium finish until a sudden loss of grip on the right side of the front tyre left him unable to keep his pace, dropping him to eighth which he held to the line.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo experienced his second Grand Prix weekend to forget today, making a jump start at the beginning of the race and receiving a ride-through penalty as a result. He pitted immediately at the end of the opening lap and re-joined at the back of the field in 23rd. The four-time world champion then showed his dedication and professionalism, working hard to move back through the pack to earn his first championship points of the season. As he crossed the finish line he did so in tenth position, less than four seconds from Rossi in eighth.

The eighth place finish gains Rossi a further eight points to give a total of 28, dropping him to third on the overall standings. Lorenzo’s tenth place earns his first championship points of the season, putting him in 16th with six points.

The championship stays outside of Europe for round three, moving south for the Gran Premio de la República Argentina on 27th April.
46Valentino Rossi
8th / +45.519 / 21 laps

“We destroyed the front tyre completely on the right side. I had the same problem during the weekend but less than this. This morning we made a good step and with a used tyre I could do all the warm up so we were quite positive. Unfortunately after seven or eight laps the front was gone and I had to go three seconds slower. It's a pity because we could do another podium which was the target here in Austin, unfortunately it wasn't to be.”
Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
10th / +49.111 / 21 laps

“I wasn’t thinking and was distracted and I made a big mistake in the start. I just tried to push at the maximum afterwards to get the best result but the race was almost over for me. I want to say sorry to the team as I destroyed my race, but at least I didn't crash because it was a difficult situation with the tension and it was easy to make a mistake and get injured. The good thing is that I finished the race and got my first points in the championship but clearly it wasn’t our weekend.”
Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli

“Unfortunately Valentino completely destroyed the right side of his front tyre after a few laps. We had suffered already this weekend with this and made some changes to the set up, this morning we could do 16 laps with the tyre still looking good so we thought the problem was solved. It's a shame because as a result we lost the podium here in Texas, where we knew from the beginning it was going to be a tough race. As for Jorge, no matter how hard you prepare for a race weekend there are some things that cannot be anticipated. We all know he is one of the hardest working riders here and very rarely makes a mistake. He did a good job to make the best of it afterwards. I want to thank all the team for another weekend spent working extremely hard to overcome challenges and make a competitive bike for the race, we are looking forward to Argentina to come back even stronger.
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1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 43'33.430
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team+ 4.124
3.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team+ 20.976
4.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP+ 22.790
5.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 22.963
6.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 26.567
7.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing+ 28.257
8.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 45.519
9.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing+ 47.605
10.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 49.111
11.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar+ 1'00.735
12.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar+ 1'03.954
13.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing+ 1'07.333
14.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing+ 1'27.972
15.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing+ 1'32.376
16.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'32.543
17.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project+ 1'39.176
18.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing+ 1'51.962
19.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda GresiniNot classified (2 laps)
20.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward RacingNot classified (4 laps)
21.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati TeamNot classified (9 laps)
22.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda GresiniNot classified (12 laps)
23.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird MotorsportNot classified (13 laps)
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 50
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 36
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 28
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team 27
5.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing 20
6.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing 15
7.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar 13
8.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP 13
9.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3 11
10.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team 10
11.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3 10
12.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 9
13.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar 9
14.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 7
15.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing 7
16.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 6
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing 5
18.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project 2
19.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport 1
20.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing 1
Technical Informations
CircuitCircuit of the Americas
LocationAustin, Texas
Length (m)5513
Width (m)15
Turns righ9
Turns left11
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of the Americas
Record Lap
Time 2'03.575
Best Lap
Time 2'02.773
2013 Results
1st M.Marquez (Honda): 43'42.123
2ndD.Pedrosa (Honda): +1.534
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +3.381
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