Sunday, November 9, 2014

Rossi 2nd, Lorenzo DNF for Movistar Yamaha in MotoGP Season Finale in Valencia

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Valencia, Spain
Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana

Rossi Scores Superb Second Place at Valencia Season Finale
14:00 Local time GMT+1
CloudyCloudyTemperatureAir 18°C
Track 22°C
TemperatureHumidity 45%
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 Valencia (Spain), 9th November 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi secured a superb second place under difficult conditions during the 2014 season finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

Starting from pole in what began as a dry race, Rossi took off as soon as the lights dimmed and arrived at the first corner in second place behind compatriot Andrea Iannone. Followed closely by Marc Marquez, the nine-time World Champion was quick to find a strong pace, but as soon as the first lap was finished white flags were waving, signaling rain and allowing riders to come into the pits to change bikes.

Rossi didn’t let the changeable conditions slow him down and set a fastest lap of 1’32.437 on lap five. As things closed up at the front, fans were thoroughly entertained with a heated battle between Rossi, Marquez and Iannone. Sparks were flying from Rossi’s bike on lap 12 as Dani Pedrosa started to get into the mix. Six laps later rain threatened again, allowing the Doctor to reel in Marquez. Rossi kept his head down, but as the track dried again he came just short and finished in a deserved second place, 3.516 seconds behind the front man.

Teammate Lorenzo had an unlucky end to the 2014 season. Starting from fourth on the grid, he soon got caught up in a fight with rival Pedrosa. The Movistar Yamaha rider looked to be the stronger of the two until drops of rain began to fall and he took a few laps to get a feel for the situation, falling back to seventh.

As the track started to dry Lorenzo regained confidence and rose to fifth, having retaken Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso by lap nine. Four laps later the Spaniard arrived at the back of Iannone’s bike and won a hard battle with him before continuing his hunt for Pedrosa in third, until rain once again disrupted the race. Lorenzo struggled to get the bike stopped in the uncertain conditions and dropped down the order. He decided to come into the pits on lap 20 to switch to his wet bike and rejoined the race in 14th place. Unfortunately the gamble didn’t pay off. He dropped back to 21st and was forced to retire with five laps remaining as the conditions remained dry.

With second place Rossi gains 20 championship points, securing second in the championship, with 295 points total. Lorenzo finished third in the championship as his points total remained 263.

Tomorrow Rossi and Lorenzo will be back aboard the M1 on the Valencia circuit for the first test sessions in preparation for next year’s season.
46Valentino Rossi
2nd / +3.516 / 30 laps
“I’m happy, because I finished this very positive season for me and my team with a great race and a good result here in Valencia. For me it’s a great achievement to take the pole position and to finish in second place, especially because this race was very difficult and the conditions were very dangerous. I tried to stay concentrated and not to make a mistake. It’s a bit of a shame that I started to suffer a little bit on the right side of the tyre, because I wasn’t so far from Marc, but it still has been a good season. We got second in the championship, a lot of podiums and two victories. Now, we have to work to be even better next year. My bad luck is called Marc Marquez, because without him I can win the championship and a lot of races. He did a fantastic job and won a lot of races. It’s a great pleasure to fight with him, but we are not so far and we never give up and try to come closer. Especially on Tuesday, but also tomorrow we will start working for next season. I am very close to 300 points, but Marquez won a lot more races than me, so me and my team need to improve the Yamaha to try and stay closer during the whole season. The test is important because we have a lot of new stuff to test for next year, so it will be interesting.”

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
DNF / - / - laps
“In Aragon I decided to come into the pits and it was a good decision, but here it was not raining enough for the rear tyre to work well. I was losing a lot of time as the slicks were dropping because of the water. The other riders were more confident. They weren’t scared to make a mistake, so they were faster and I kept losing time. Like in Aragon, instead of finishing in fifth, sixth or seventh position, I prefer to take risks, but today we didn’t have the luck we had there. I entered the pits and I was losing time every lap. I was five or six seconds slower than the others and eventually I decided to stop. We made a mistake and we have to learn from all the mistakes that we made this season to be stronger and more clever next year.”

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“This has been one of the fastest seasons from my experience in MotoGP. We had a really positive year, though we missed out on the championship we had really good results and 24 podiums, many of them with both our riders standing together. In general our results were excellent and we deserved to finish at least second and third in the championship. We responded very well from the second half of the season and we were able to close the gap and show that the performance of the bike is very good. I really appreciate the effort that everybody in the team put in to keep pushing and never give up, that’s been really important. Today it was a difficult race, the conditions weren’t easy at all. Valentino proved again that he is still one of the most competitive riders in the world. Unfortunately it was a bittersweet end to the season with Jorge’s result. He wanted to take a gamble. It worked in Aragon, but here unfortunately it didn’t. I want to thank everybody again who made this good season possible, every team member and Yamaha employee and also the fans for their fantastic support. Congratulations to Marc for his title, we’ll be back to fight for it next year! Tomorrow it’s already the start of 2015 for us and we’ll start working on the new season.”

The extended imagery from today's Race at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Valencia, Spain) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 46'39.627
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 3.516
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team+ 14.040
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team+ 16.705
5.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team+ 16.773
6.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 37.884
7.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing+ 38.168
8.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP+ 41.803
9.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team+ 45.710
10.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 51.191
11.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing+ 56.512
12.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team+ 57.000
13.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar+ 57.262
14.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 57.517
15.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar+ 58.775
16.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 58.864
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing+ 1'02.389
18.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing+ 1'15.795
19.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'26.309
20.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'37.212
21.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia RacingAfter 1 laps
22.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac RacingAfter 1 laps
23.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGPNot classified (6 laps)
24.Randy De Puniet (FRA)Team Suzuki MotoGPNot classified (18 laps)
25.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac RacingNot classified (21 laps)
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 362
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 295
3.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 263
4.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 246
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team 187
6.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3 136
7.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing 126
8.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3 121
9.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP 117
10.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing 102
11.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 89
12.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 82
13.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team 74
14.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar 68
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 53
16.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar 46
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing 33
18.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing 26
19.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team 18
20.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team 17
21.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing 14
22.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Forward Racing 11
23.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport 9
24.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing 9
25.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport 9
26.Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN)YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP 4
27.Leon Camier (GBR)Drive M7 Aspar 1
Technical Informations
CircuitRicardo Tormo Valencia
LocationValencia, Spain
Length (m)4005
Width (m)12
Turns righ5
Turns left9
Pole positionright
<p>Gran Premio de la
Comunitat Valenciana</p>
Record Lap
Time 1'31.628
Best Lap
Time 1'30.237
2013 Results
1st J.Lorenzo (Yamaha): 46'10.302
2ndD.Pedrosa (Honda): +3.934
3rdM.Marquez (Honda): +7.357
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
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