Saturday, May 17, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Rossi 5th & Lorenzo 6th in Qualifying for MotoGP LeMans Round 5

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Le Mans, France
Grand Prix of France
Second Row Start for Movistar Yamaha in Le Mans
14:35 Local time GMT+2
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 23°C
Track 43°C
TemperatureHumidity 34%
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 Le Mans (France), 17th May 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrow’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France from the second row with Rossi in fifth and Lorenzo in sixth position.

An intense 15-minute qualifying session saw both riders hold provisional positions on the front row as the lap times tumbled, only to be denied in the last moments. Their final times on the second row were just a tenth of a second from second place.

Rossi was one of the first riders on track, briefly slotting into second position on his first flying effort behind teammate Lorenzo with a 1’33.313. He immediately improved with a 1’33.217 before a flurry of hot laps dropped him to sixth as he returned to the pits with 7 minutes remaining. Less than two minutes later and armed with a fresh soft rear he was back on track, picking up the pace to drop into the 1’32s with a 1’32.974 before delivering his best lap of qualifying with a 1’32.873. The time was good enough for a brief visit to the front row before dropping to the second and securing fifth for tomorrow’s race.

Teammate Lorenzo started strongly in the Le Mans sunshine, first man out on track he immediately took the top spot with his first flying lap, a 1’33.188 to lead a Movistar Yamaha one/two on the timesheets. Rival Marc Marquez then moved in, taking the top spot and relegating Lorenzo to second as the qualifying session began to heat up. The Spaniard was able to drop under the 1’33s with a 1’32.964 before returning to the pits for a new soft rear. The last few minutes saw a second attack however Lorenzo was unable to reclaim pole, delivering a session best of 1’32.899 to take sixth on the grid next to his teammate for tomorrow’s race.
46Valentino Rossi
5th / 1'32.873 / 9 laps
“I’m quite happy, especially after yesterday which was a big disaster. I wasn't able to ride the bike in a good way then, but today with my team we improved the setting a lot and I’m satisfied. I’m always fast; I have a good pace and a good setting so I like the bike. In the qualifying I had the potential to be on the front row but at the end it's ok like this. I’m in fifth ahead of Lorenzo and Pedrosa and I think tomorrow they will be great rivals. Marquez is also very fast, but I can fight with them!”

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
6th / 1'32.899 / 9 laps
“It’s been the opposite of Jerez, here we have good pace but we couldn't make a very fast lap time. I didn't make a perfect lap and just for one tenth I couldn’t be in second place. For the race we have more options than the last races so I’m going to try and finish on the podium. We have to pay attention in the first laps because everyone wants to overtake but I think we can keep our place and move up.”

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“Fifth and sixth isn’t a reflection of our speed, the pace we have shown during the practices for both riders is actually more positive than it looks from the qualifying results. Our bike is well set up for the track and the race so we have some confidence for tomorrow. For sure we will be there and competitive at the front, both Jorge and Vale are very capable of fighting for the podium. We will look to make another step before warm up tomorrow to have the best possible set up for the race. It’s going to be long and tough over 28 laps. It’s a very technical circuit with no time to rest so it should be an exciting one to watch.”

The extended imagery from today's Qualifying session at the Le Mans Circuit (France) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'32.042
2.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'32.734
3.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'32.755
4.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'32.846
5.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'32.873
6.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'32.899
7.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'33.006
8.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'33.015
9.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'33.023
10.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'33.058
11.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'33.102
12.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team1'33.315
13.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'33.859
14.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'33.999
15.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'34.203
16.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'34.233
17.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'34.457
18.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'34.880
19.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'35.499
20.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'35.795
21.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'35.932
22.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'36.163
Technical Informations
CircuitLe Mans
LocationLe Mans, France
Length (m)4180
Width (m)13
Turns righ9
Turns left4
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of France
Record Lap
Time 1'33.617
Best Lap
Time 1'32.042
2013 Results
1st D.Pedrosa (Honda): 49'17.707
2ndC.Crutchlow (Yamaha): +4.863
3rdM.Marquez (Honda): +6.949
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