Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lorenzo 3rd, Rossi 10th for Movistar Yamaha in MotoGP Round 6 Qualifying for Mugello Italian Grand Prix

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Grand Prix of Italy
Lorenzo Secures Front Row for Mugello Grand Prix
14:35 Local time GMT+2
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 23°C
Track 40°C
TemperatureHumidity 36%
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 Mugello (Italy), 31st May 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
rider Jorge Lorenzo kept the pressure on in qualifying this afternoon for tomorrow’s Gran Premio d’Italia, taking third on the grid. Teammate Valentino Rossi found the 15-minute qualifying heat a bigger challenge, taking tenth position on the fourth row.

Lorenzo made his trademark early exit from the pits as the session began, the first rider to attack the Mugello circuit. He immediately dropped below the ’48 mark with a first flying lap of 1’47.605s. Hot laps by rivals Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone then dropped him to third, but just 0.167 from the front. With just over eight minutes remaining it was a super quick pit-stop for Lorenzo, and back to the track less than a minute later. He was able to improve on his earlier time, scoring a session best of 1’47.521s to secure third on the grid, 0.251s from pole.

Rossi was also quick to exit at the start of the session, just one rider back from teammate Lorenzo. He too immediately dropped under the ‘48s with a first flying lap of 1’47.791s to take provisional third. As the times fell he dropped down to 5th, 0.521 from first as he entered the pits mid-session. An extended pit stop saw him return to the track with five minutes remaining having taken extra time to change to a softer front tyre in the hunt for a quicker turning bike. Unfortunately he was unable to improve on his first hot lap and make the softer front tyre work for him, wrapping up qualifying in tenth position, just over half a second from pole.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
3rd / 1'47.521 / 9 laps
“I’m satisfied with third place because it’s important to start in the first row here to try to avoid some problems with the first laps and be with the front group. I feel like it's a second place because Iannone has extra soft tyres that can maybe get some extra tenths. I’m happy with the lap time, but more I’m happy with the consistency and the work we’ve done with the bike. My physical condition is getting better as well so I’m happy. Circumstances are different to last year so it’s more difficult to be in front, but little by little we adapt to be as competitive as possible.”

46Valentino Rossi
10th / 1'47.791 / 7 laps
“We made a big mistake in the qualifying, we decided to change the front tyre at the same time as the second rear. It was the wrong decision, I felt really bad with the softer front and I was unable to improve my lap time. It's a great shame, because I had a good potential and could have started on the front, my pace is good and I feel good with the bike, but it’s like this. Tomorrow from the fourth row everything will be harder and more difficult. We have good pace, we need to fix some small problems and try to make the maximum. I want to try and make a good race because it’s my 300th Grand Prix and also we are in Mugello! I’m quite desperate for the tenth position but nothing is lost yet. It will be hard but we can do a good race.”

Valentino Rossi
Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“Jorge’s front row is very important here in Mugello, it comes as a result of hard work and confident riding through the practices up to today. His pace is really promising, even with a used tyre we have been very competitive this afternoon in the last practice. For sure it’s going to be a bit more difficult for Vale starting from the fourth row. Unfortunately we made the decision to change from a hard to a soft tyre midway through the session to try and gain some benefit and turn the bike better. Due to the track temperatures it gave no advantage and compromised his results. His pace has also been very good over the weekend so we know he will do his best to fight back to the front.”

The extended imagery from today's Qualifying session at the Mugello International Circuit (Italy) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'47.270
2.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'47.450
3.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'47.521
4.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'47.584
5.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'47.612
6.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team1'47.659
7.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'47.681
8.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'47.754
9.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'47.765
10.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'47.791
11.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'48.132
12.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'48.218
13.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'48.722
14.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'48.754
15.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team1'48.794
16.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'48.894
17.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'49.505
18.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'49.780
19.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'49.932
20.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'50.505
21.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'50.515
22.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'50.875
23.Michel Fabrizio (ITA)Octo Iodaracing Team1'53.116
24.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'55.369
Technical Informations
Length (m)5245
Width (m)14
Turns righ9
Turns left6
Pole positionright
Grand Prix of Italy
Record Lap
Time 1'47.639
Best Lap
Time 1'47.157
2013 Results
1st J.Lorenzo (Yamaha): 41'39.733
2ndD.Pedrosa (Honda): +5.400
3rdC.Crutchlow (Yamaha): +6.412
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