Saturday, April 12, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo 5th & Rossi 6th in MotoGP COTA Qualifying

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Austin, Texas
Grand Prix of the Americas
Movistar Yamaha Secure Second Row Start in Texas
14:50 Local time GMT-5
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 28°C
Track 45°C
TemperatureHumidity 52%
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 Austin (Texas), 12th April 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi secured fifth and sixth places respectively, just 0.001 seconds apart, this afternoon in qualifying for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of the Americas.

The 15minute shoot-out on the long Circuit of The Americas track (COTA) allowed little time for multiple hot laps so every second was crucial.

Lorenzo was first to record a time, taking what was his fastest lap of the weekend so far on his first flying lap to momentarily take the top spot. The 2’03.619 lap was challenged not long after, dropping him down the standings.

Teammate Rossi was also quick on the attack, his first lap a best of the weekend at that point, slotting in just outside the 2’03s with a 2’04.093. He then picked up the pace even further, closing in to less than a tenth from his teammate with a 2’03.670. Lorenzo managed to stay just ahead and the two Movistar Yamaha riders came in to pit around halfway, sitting in fourth and fifth respectively.

A lightening quick pit stop saw Lorenzo back out and putting it all in to his sixth lap. Despite going red through the first split he was unable to break into the 2’02s, taking a 2’03.243 on that final sixth flying lap to take fifth on the grid for the race, 0.470 seconds from Marc Marquez on pole.

Rossi’s efforts mirrored that of his teammate, putting it all in on the sixth lap to fight for the best possible grid start. He took an almost identical time to Lorenzo with a 2’03.244 lap for sixth, 0.471 seconds from first.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
5th / 2'03.243 / 7 laps

“The progression from the first practice on Friday is very big, we were two seconds behind and now half a second. Anyway, as I thought it’s going to be a hard race tomorrow. Our goal is to fight for fourth or third position, I think it would be a good result because here our competitors are really strong so we need to make the best result we can, to finish on the podium would be a good thing.”
46Valentino Rossi
6th / 2'03.244 / 7 laps

“I am happy about today’s qualifying, especially because from this morning to the afternoon session we were able to improve the bike and in qualifying I was pretty fast. Following the last free practice we also made another step ahead and I enjoyed the qualifying session; I went well. I am happy to be on second row; it is not bad at all. I am also happy I am just four tenths from pole position. My pace is good, although we still have to work and cut some little tenth but I think tomorrow might be a good day for us.”
Valentino Rossi
Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli

“Both the riders and the team have done a good job today. Last year in qualifying Jorge was a second behind and Valentino over two seconds off. Now both are within half a second of the front so the progress is clear to see. We still have some things to work out and maybe we can make another small step forward for the race. In Qatar we closed the gap over the practice sessions and were competitive at the front end during the race so we are confident that we can do the same here. The second row is not a bad place to start and the race is long and not won on the first lap. The weather could make things interesting for everyone so let’s see what Sunday brings us!”
The extended imagery from today's Qualifying session at the Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team2'02.773
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team2'03.062
3.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP2'03.196
4.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing2'03.240
5.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP2'03.243
6.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP2'03.244
7.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team2'03.780
8.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech32'03.800
9.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing2'03.842
10.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team2'03.846
11.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech32'03.913
12.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini2'03.923
13.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini2'04.617
14.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar2'05.062
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing2'05.677
16.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar2'05.788
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing2'06.239
18.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing2'06.270
19.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing2'06.741
20.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport2'06.939
21.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport2'07.403
22.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project2'07.745
23.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing2'07.761
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 2'04.242
Best Lap
Time 2'03.021
2013 Results
1st M.Marquez (Honda): 43'42.123
2ndD.Pedrosa (Honda): +1.534
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +3.381
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