Saturday, May 3, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo 2nd, Rossi 4th in MotoGP Jerez Qualifying

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Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Grand Prix of Spain
Lorenzo Scores Front Row for Home Grand Prix
14:35 Local time GMT+2
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 28°C
Track 50°C
TemperatureHumidity 29%
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 Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 3rd May 2014

Blazing sunshine and track temperatures of 50°C provided the background to a duel for pole position this afternoon in qualifying for tomorrow’s Gran Premio de España.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s local hero Jorge Lorenzo dominated 99% of the session, taking second at the end to secure his place on the front row of the grid for the race.

Lorenzo led the qualifying heat from his first timed lap, dropping immediately into the 1’38s with a 1’38.541 lap. He remained unchallenged, coming in for a change of rear tyre with eight minutes remaining and returning to the circuit in under a minute to continue his attack. He was unable to improve on his lap time, but again remained unchallenged until the last minute as rival Spaniard Marc Marquez took pole, just over four tenths ahead of him.

Nine time world champion Valentino Rossi was straight out in to the action behind Jorge Lorenzo, making a Yamaha one-two attack on the track. His first flying lap of 1’39.050 gave him initially second before dropping to third as the pace increased. He returned to the pits with eight minutes to go in fourth position. Following a change to the rear and front of the bike he was back on track with five minutes remaining to step up his pace. With three minutes left on the clock he dropped into the 1’38s with a 1’38.857 and looked safe for third on the grid until rival Dani Pedrosa jumped in front, moving him to fourth on the second row for tomorrow’s race.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
2nd / 1'38.541 / 9 laps
We tried our best to make the best lap time, but unfortunately with the second tyre I don't know why I it didn't feel the same, it felt a little more slippery which is why I didn't improve my lap. The goal was to stay in the first row; that was important. Obviously pole position would be better but the most important thing is to start well tomorrow, I think we have a good pace so we can definitely fight at the front. It will be important to stay close at the front for the first couple of laps, the rear tyre is going to drop a lot but I feel physically good as I did last year which will be very important for the race.”

46Valentino Rossi
4th / 1'38.857 / 7 laps
“I wanted to try for the front row but I knew it would be very difficult. In all the practice and also this afternoon I wasn't very far from the top three and my lap time is good. I’m quite satisfied because it’s the best qualifying and especially I feel good with the bike. We worked well in the practice and I have a good setting. Tomorrow I will try to do the maximum to stay with the top three. We still have to improve something with acceleration as with the high temperature we spin a lot. We will decide on the tyre tomorrow when we see the temperature.”

Valentino Rossi
Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“So far we have done a good job and we are set for tomorrow, although we still have to think about the different tyres. We have a good pace and were able to do a long distance over FP3 to get important data. It will be a tough one, three very hot Spanish riders and Vale is also a real contender. It’s going to be very physical, there are a number of great overtaking places on the track, including turn one and turn six so I expect a good race for fans to watch! Jorge made an impressive lap straight out of the pits. First and second row are good positions for the start. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

The extended imagery from today's Qualifying session at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit (Spain) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'38.120
2.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'38.541
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'38.630
4.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'38.857
5.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'39.007
6.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'39.222
7.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'39.243
8.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'39.293
9.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'39.390
10.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'39.751
11.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'39.768
12.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'39.814
13.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'39.826
14.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team1'39.849
15.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'40.118
16.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'40.126
17.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team1'40.239
18.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'40.453
19.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'40.566
20.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project1'41.009
21.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'41.124
22.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'41.517
23.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'41.702
24.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'42.052
Technical Informations
CircuitJerez de la Frontera
LocationJerez de la Frontera, Spain
Length (m)4423
Width (m)11
Turns righ8
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Spain
Record Lap
Time 1'39.565
Best Lap
Time 1'38.120
2013 Results
1st D.Pedrosa (Honda): 45'17.632
2ndM.Marquez (Honda): +2.487
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +5.089
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