Friday, May 2, 2014

Top-6 Start for Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo & Rossi at MotoGP Round 4 Day 1 Practice in Jerez

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Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Grand Prix of Spain
Scorching Temperatures Signal the Start in Jerez for MotoGP
14:00 Local time GMT+2
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 31°C
Track 49°C
TemperatureHumidity 26%
Free Practice
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 Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 2nd May 2014

The first European round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship got underway on track today with two free practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s Gran Premio de España.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were both quick to find a very competitive pace. The pair made progress despite a scorching track temperature of just under 50 degrees making a lack of grip an increasing issue into the second session.

Lorenzo ended the day in second in the combined times with a best lap of 1’39.714, 0.357 seconds from first. Teammate Rossi ended in sixth with a 1’40.125 second lap, less than four tenths from Lorenzo.

The major challenge for both riders proved to be a lack of rear grip so the team will now work to make improvements for both set ups ahead of tomorrow morning’s third free practice session.

Lorenzo and Rossi also tested a new chassis for their YZR-M1 to improve the bike’s stability under braking. Positive results were obtained, giving Yamaha’s Japanese engineers a clear direction to continue development.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
2nd / 1'39.714 / 18 laps
The track changed so much from the morning to the afternoon, it was much more slippery and we had to try the different rear tyre. Like in Qatar it gave us the same problems with less grip and the bike then feels nervous. We are much closer than before though and I think we can close the gap.”

46Valentino Rossi
6th / 1'40.125 / 20 laps
We tried a different chassis today especially for the braking stability and the first impression is not so bad, it’s just a small step to understand the way to go. The track is very greasy so it’s difficult with the front and rear tyres with the high temperatures. It's difficult to control the bike and it slides a lot. Compared to the other top guys the pace is not so bad so it looks like we have worked well so far and now have to continue."

Valentino Rossi
Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
It’s definitely a positive start to the weekend. For sure we were able to take advantage of all our experience at this track. The bike is working well but of course we have some things to change to improve. Compared to the previous races this is a very different start. The only real issue we have is rear grip. We are focused now on several steps to improve it and then we have to work on a long distance run. We are strong under braking so we are satisfied for the first sessions. Both Jorge and Vale are reasonably happy overall and have good pace but are also keen to make the next steps and improve even further.”

The extended imagery from today's Free Practice sessions (1 and 2) at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit (Spain) is available on
1.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'39.357
2.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'39.714
3.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'39.757
4.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'39.860
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'40.028
6.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'40.125
7.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'40.560
8.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'40.644
9.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'40.686
10.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'40.742
11.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'40.758
12.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'40.788
13.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'40.918
14.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team1'40.924
15.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'40.928
16.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'41.183
17.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'41.252
18.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team1'41.353
19.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'41.374
20.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'41.578
21.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project1'41.589
22.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'41.914
23.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'42.171
24.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'42.220
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 1'38.189
2013 Results
1st D.Pedrosa (Honda): 45'17.632
2ndM.Marquez (Honda): +2.487
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +5.089
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