Sunday, May 4, 2014

Rossi 2nd & Lorenzo 4th for Movistar Yamaha in MotoGP Jerez Round 4

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Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Grand Prix of Spain
Rossi Stays Strong for Superb Second in Jerez
14:00 Local time GMT+2
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 28°C
Track 50°C
TemperatureHumidity 25%
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 Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 4th May 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi put in a stunning effort today to take the second step on the podium for the Gran Premio de España at the Jerez circuit in Southern Spain. A record crowd of 117,000 people were present to witness the Doctor’s fight for his second podium honours of the season in extremely hot conditions with track temperatures reaching 50 degrees.

Starting from fourth on the grid the nine-time world champion had jumped to third by the first corner and second swiftly after as he chased down race leader Marc Marquez. Two laps of tense drama then followed with the two rivals swapping leads as they pushed each other to the limits. Marquez emerged the front-runner as the race settled with Rossi following close behind. The Italian was unable to match the race leader’s pace but was able to stay ahead of the chasing riders. As the last laps ran down Dani Pedrosa closed in to challenge for second but with the gap dropping to just two tenths of a second Rossi held on for a well deserved second place.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s 200th Grand Prix race had a less than perfect start as he dropped from second to fifth off the line. The local hero was quick to recover, taking two positions to slot into third behind Rossi and join the drama filled opening laps. With 16 laps to go Lorenzo was still able to maintain a half second gap to his teammate in front however the distance began to slowly increase as his grip levels began to drop dramatically. With six laps remaining he could no longer hold off following rider Pedrosa, dropping to a lonely fourth place that was his to the line, nearly 20 seconds ahead of Andrea Dovizioso in fifth.

Rossi remains in third position with his podium finish, now on 61 points and 11 behind Pedrosa in second. Lorenzo’s fourth place finish moves him up two places in the standings to fifth with a total of 35 points, ten behind Dovizioso in fourth.

The team now enjoy a well-earned two-week break before heading to France for the Le Mans race on the 18th May.
46Valentino Rossi
2nd / +1.431 / 27 laps
“I’m very happy because Jerez is one of my favourite circuits and race weekends, also for the people around the track and the atmosphere. We worked very well during the weekend and improved the bike, also this morning and it looked like I could be quite competitive for the race. I chose the extra hard tyre on the front, it was a risk but I was worried about the medium at the end of the race. The condition of the track today was very bad, the bike slid everywhere and the front kept closing, I think I did a great job, I did a good start and I tried to stay with Marc but it was impossible. After that I tried to keep my pace and push where I could and where my bike was well balanced and I kept quite constant. At the end Dani arrived but I had just a little bit of desperation in the last lap to stay in front. I’m very proud and happy to arrive in second position here as it was 2010 the last time I stood on the Jerez podium.”

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
4th / +8.541 / 27 laps
I did a bad start today, this weekend we didn’t have a good practice start in any session. The race was worse than I expected and my physical condition was worse than I expected also so we need to work more on that and wait for our moment.”

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“It’s great to see Vale riding on form and back on the podium here in Jerez. It was a tough race and he really earned the podium. Tyres were always going to be critical here with the temperatures this weekend, he chose the hard front and that paid off. Unfortunately for Jorge his 200th Grand Prix didn't end as we had hoped for him. The conditions were very challenging and he was unable to keep his pace to the end of the race. We will take our learnings from today and use them for our testing here tomorrow. We will work to prepare for the Le Mans race as best as possible and be ready to go to France in two weeks.”

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1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 45'24.134
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 1.431
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team+ 1.529
4.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 8.541
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team+ 27.494
6.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 27.606
7.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing+ 27.917
8.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 27.947
9.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 29.419
10.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP+ 32.872
11.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar+ 35.490
12.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar+ 40.083
13.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 43.830
14.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing+ 52.295
15.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing+ 54.873
16.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'06.182
17.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'23.420
18.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward RacingNot classified (1 laps)
19.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac RacingNot classified (5 laps)
20.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia RacingNot classified (6 laps)
21.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB MotoracingNot classified (17 laps)
22.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati TeamNot classified (23 laps)
23.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati TeamNot classified (25 laps)
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 100
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 72
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 61
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team 45
5.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 35
6.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing 30
7.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP 30
8.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3 28
9.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3 25
10.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing 25
11.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar 23
12.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar 19
13.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 14
14.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 13
15.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 10
16.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team 10
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing 8
18.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing 7
19.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project 2
20.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing 2
21.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport 1
Technical Informations
CircuitJerez de la Frontera
LocationJerez de la Frontera, Spain
Length (m)4423
Width (m)11
Turns righ8
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Spain
Record Lap
Time 1'39.565
Best Lap
Time 1'38.120
2013 Results
1st D.Pedrosa (Honda): 45'17.632
2ndM.Marquez (Honda): +2.487
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +5.089
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
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