Friday, April 25, 2014

Rossi & Lorenzo Inside Top-10 for Movistar Yamaha in Day 1 Practice at Argentina Round 3 of 2014 MotoGP Season


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Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina
Grand Prix of Argentina
Argentine Adventure Begins
14:05 Local time GMT-3
CloudyCloudyTemperatureAir 23°C
Track 32°C
TemperatureHumidity 52%
Free Practice
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 Termas de Rio Hondo (Argentina), 25th April 2014

The inaugural Grand Prix of Argentina got underway today as the MotoGP paddock took its first official practice sessions on the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit.

Yet again tyre wear proved to be the biggest challenge of the day as both Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders experienced issues with the rear tyre on the new circuit.

Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man in the first ever session in the morning, leading FP1 by nearly half a second with a fastest time of 1’42.804. Teammate Valentino Rossi was slower to find his pace on the track, ending the morning session in tenth with a 1’44.502.

The afternoon saw big improvements from both, nine-time champion Rossi making the biggest step to finish in eighth with a fastest time of 1’41.395. Double MotoGP champion Lorenzo was just behind him in ninth with a 1’41.533.

The team will now work to improve the set up for both to overcome the rear tyre wear issues that proved to be the major issue of the day.
46Valentino Rossi
8th / 1'41.395 / 31 laps
“A difficult day here in Argentina at the new track. The conditions are not fantastic and we are struggling very much with the tyres, especially the rear. In the afternoon it became a bit better and we worked well with the bike but we still haven’t found the right balance so we have to work to make it better. We have to concentrate on making the tyre work harder as after a few laps the rear slides a lot. We hope the conditions of the track improve but we will also work to improve the setting of the bike for tomorrow.”

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
9th / 1'41.533 / 25 laps
“We are having problems with the tyres because there is a lot of graining and the tyres only have a good performance for six or seven laps. In the morning I was the last one to put a tyre in so I had a better grip at the end of the practice, that's why I was first. In the afternoon I was the opposite: I stayed with the old tyre at the end of the session when everyone had a new one; that’s why our position was not so good. I think our real position is in the top five today. If we can make the tyres last we will have an advantage.”

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“We started well this morning and both Jorge and Vale were clearly comfortable learning their way around a new circuit. As the pace began to drop in the afternoon we were able to identify where we need to improve, so we now have some work to do with the data gathered to start to close the gap to the front. In particular the tyres are potentially an issue so we will work to adapt our set up to deal with this. I’m confident we can make some steps tomorrow to improve our pace.”

The extended imagery from today's Free Practice sessions (1 & 2) at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'39.313
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'40.396
3.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'40.566
4.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'40.891
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'41.042
6.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'41.303
7.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'41.368
8.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'41.395
9.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'41.533
10.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'41.924
11.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'42.029
12.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'42.128
13.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'42.348
14.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'42.608
15.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'42.621
16.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'42.739
17.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'42.827
18.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team1'42.898
19.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project1'43.106
20.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'43.125
21.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'43.151
22.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'43.165
23.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'43.347
Technical Informations
CircuitAutódromo Termas de Río Hondo
LocationTermas de Río Hondo, Argentina
Length (m)4.806
Width (m)16
Turns righ9
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Argentina
Record Lap
Time New Circuit
RiderNew Circuit
BikeNew Circuit
Best Lap
Time 1'39.313
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