Saturday, June 14, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo Qualifies 2nd, Rossi 5th for MotoGP Catalunya Round 7

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Montmeló, Catalunya
Grand Prix of Catalunya
Lorenzo Scores Second in Catalunya Qualifying
14:35 Local time GMT+2
SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 28°C
Track 47°C
TemperatureHumidity 42%
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 Montmelò Circuit (Spain), 14th June 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo delivered a front row start in front of his home crowd this afternoon, taking second in qualifying for tomorrow’s GP Monster Energy de Catalunya.

Teammate Valentino Rossi left it to the last lap to make his move, securing fifth on the second row of the grid.

In a reversal of normal practice Lorenzo was the last to leave the pits for the 15 minute qualifying heat, allowing the MotoGP pack to move on before hitting an empty race track. He moved straight into third with his first flying lap, a 1’41.463. He was unable to beat the time on his first tyre, returning to the pits with just under seven minutes remaining for fresh rubber. With just five minutes left on the clock he was back on track, ready to attack again as a late lap by rival Stefan Bradl dropped him to fourth. The local hero delivered a perfect lap with just over a minute remaining, delivering a flying 1’41.100 second lap to snatch second on the grid, just 0.115 seconds behind Dani Pedrosa on pole.

Rossi kept the tension high to the last moments of the qualifying heat, leaving the pits late like his teammate, he took tenth on his first flying lap with a 1’42.076 but unable to climb any higher on his first tyre. A pit stop with seven minutes remaining offered a fresh rear tyre and another chance to step up. As the clocked tick it took until the last minute for a clear run and a good lap, the nine-time world champion shooting five places up the timesheets with a 1’41.290 to take fifth for a second row start, 0.506 from pole.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
2nd / 1'41.100 / 7 laps
“I made a very good lap, I risked a lot, especially in the braking to make it. Finally we made a good setting for this track, it’s hard because with the track and temperatures it’s hard to make the bike stable. Tomorrow we will try to make it even more stable. We hope to remain consistent and strong like in Mugello to fight for the win again. We all hope it doesn't rain because a wet race would be difficult to judge. It would be great to win, everyone wants to!”

46Valentino Rossi
5th / 1'41.290 / 7 laps
“I’m quite satisfied with this afternoon’s result because the target was to stay in the top 5 and I am there at last. For sure the front row is always better and makes things easier but the three Spanish guys in front have showed to be very strong. They have a great pace whilst mine is not at their same level at the moment. Later today and tomorrow morning we’ll try hard to improve the bike and stay with them, hopefully closer than we are today. As for the tyres for the race, I guess everybody is going to use the medium rear tyre, while the choice for the front is still open and will depend on tomorrow’s temperature and weather conditions.”

Valentino Rossi
Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“We have improved every session and that makes us happy with today’s result. Second and fifth place make us confident for tomorrow’s race. We still have to slightly improve the race pace, although Jorge’s job this afternoon was very good. The weather forecast for tomorrow says that temperatures might be a little lower, which is good for our M1’s. It’s going to be a hard-fought race, especially with the first three riders who showed to have the best race pace but I expect Valentino to be the outsider and be part of the game until the very end. We still have half day to find something to test tomorrow morning in the warm-up. I am sure at 2pm we will be ready to get the best possible results.”

1.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'40.985
2.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'41.100
3.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'41.135
4.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'41.220
5.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'41.290
6.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'41.308
7.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'41.337
8.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'41.491
9.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'41.671
10.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'41.677
11.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'41.751
12.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'42.024
13.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team1'42.578
14.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'42.730
15.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team1'42.955
16.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'43.043
17.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing1'43.226
18.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'43.360
19.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'43.530
20.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'43.564
21.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'43.737
22.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'44.115
23.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'45.012
24.Michel Fabrizio (ITA)Octo Iodaracing Team1'46.214
Technical Informations
LocationMontmeló, Catalunya
Length (m)4727
Width (m)12
Turns righ8
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Catalunya
Record Lap
Time 1'42.358
Best Lap
Time 1'40.893
2013 Results
1st J.Lorenzo (Yamaha): 43'06.479
2ndD.Pedrosa (Honda): +1.763
3rdM.Marquez (Honda): +1.826
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