Friday, March 21, 2014

Movistar Yamaha Factory Racing's Lorenzo & Rossi End MotoGP Practice Day 2 in Qatar in Top 10

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Doha, Qatar
Grand Prix of Qatar
Lorenzo leaves it late to find form in third Qatar practice
18:00 Local time GMT+3
Night Cloudy Night Cloudy TemperatureAir 22°C
Track 25°C
TemperatureHumidity 65%
Free Practice
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 Losail Circuit (Qatar), 21st March 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo left it to the last minute in today’s final practice, taking seventh to secure a spot in tomorrow’s second qualifying session within the top ten riders for Sunday’s Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Lorenzo continued today where he finished yesterday, battling a severe lack of grip on the Losail circuit as he struggled to set up his YZR-M1 for Sunday’s race. Having completed the second practice of the weekend in 11th earlier in the evening the double MotoGP champion came in to the third session sitting outside the top ten and so provisionally relegated to the first of tomorrow’s two qualifying sessions. As the minutes wound down a mid-session smattering of rain threatened to complicate matters further. In the final moments Lorenzo rose to the occasion under pressure, pulling out a 1’55.495 lap on the medium rear tyre to climb several places and take seventh at the end of the practice, securing a place in the second qualifying session.

Although also finding the lack of grip a real challenge, teammate Valentino Rossi spent most of today’s two practices one step ahead of Lorenzo. The nine-time world champion was working hard to ride round the grip issues the Movistar Yamaha riders were facing, and finished the first session of the day in ninth position, just under a second from the front. The final session of the day initially saw more of the same with the Italian pushing his M1 hard to stay in the top ten. With 25 minutes to go he had moved to ninth and looked able to hold the position until the last moments when Lorenzo’s late surge from 11th to seventh dropped him to tenth.

The final combined times mean both Lorenzo and Rossi will go through to the second qualifying session tomorrow to fight for their grid positions for Sunday’s race.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
7th / 1'55.495 / 13 laps

“We had the same feeling today with little grip on the rear with the soft tyre. We tried to adapt to the situation and the positive thing is that we are closer to the faster riders with race pace, maybe three or four tenths instead of one second so let’s see if tomorrow we can improve a bit more.”
46Valentino Rossi
10th / 1'55.702 / 16 laps

“The bigger problem for us is the new tyre from Bridgestone that provides a lot less grip on the edge of our bike so it’s difficult. I’m just tenth which is the minimum target, to stay in the top ten. A lot of riders are on the same pace though; we are very, very close. Espargarò remains one step ahead and also with race pace he is very fast. I think on Sunday we will all use the same tyre, Open Class and Factory but he remains the favourite for the race. The target is to try to start more in front in the race because it’s very difficult to overtake so tomorrow in the qualifying I have to go faster.”
Valentino Rossi
Team DirectorMassimo MeregalliMassimo Meregalli
Team Director

"We are suffering more than we expected because of the fact that we did not come here to test with the other teams. We are also suffering a loss of grip on the rear, the same problem we had in Sepang. We are trying to improve the situation, especially on the rear, that is not allowing us to be as fast as we'd like to. Two sessions are missing and we are quite confident that we will be able to fix the issue. The race pace is not bad and this makes us pretty optimistic. Tomorrow, during the last free practice session we will try something new, following the analysis of our data and hopefully we'll get to qualifying ready for the best possible position on the grid. We'll play all our cards on Sunday!"
Team ManagerWilco ZeelenbergWilco Zeelenberg
Team Manager

“The second day of practice is gone, after three practices we are still struggling to find rear grip. The pace and the speed have improved a little bit but we are still quite far from an ideal situation. We still have one more day to find more grip and confidence for Jorge. It’s not easy but we won’t give up!”
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1.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'54.773
2.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'55.186
3.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'55.240
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'55.250
5.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'55.446
6.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'55.474
7.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Yamaha Factory Racing1'55.495
8.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'55.562
9.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'55.676
10.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Yamaha Factory Racing1'55.702
11.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'55.793
12.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team1'56.013
13.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'56.238
14.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'56.357
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'56.633
16.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'56.939
17.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'56.997
18.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'57.345
19.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'57.665
20.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'58.204
21.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'58.219
22.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'58.378
23.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project1'58.651
Technical Informations
LocationDoha, Qatar
Length (m)5380
Width (m)12
Turns righ10
Turns left6
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Qatar
Record Lap
Time 1'55.153
Best Lap
Time 1'53.927
2012 Results
1st J.Lorenzo (Yamaha): 42'39.802
2ndV.Rossi ( Yamaha): +5.990
3rdM.Marquez (Honda): +6.201
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