Saturday, June 28, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Rossi 5th, Lorenzo Struggles to 13th in Assen MotoGP Round 8

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Assen, The Netherlands
Grand Prix of The Netherlands
Rossi Rides to Fifth in Chaotic Assen TT
14:00 Local time GMT+2
RainyRainyTemperatureAir 19°C
Track 25°C
TemperatureHumidity 69%
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 Assen (The Netherlands), 28th June 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi rode impressively this afternoon to take fifth during an unpredictable race at the Assen TT. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo briefly led the race, but later fell back after a tyre change, finishing in 13th place.

There was uncertainty before the start of the Dutch GP, with the riders already on the starting grid when the race was delayed due to the rainy conditions. It was finally declared a wet race and two extra sighting laps were given.

Rossi initially went out on slicks but decided last-minute to change to wets after the warm-up lap. Though this meant he had to start the race from pit lane, the setback didn’t hold him back for long and he was quick to move up the order, reaching 13th by lap three. At the end of lap six chaos ensued again as the track started to form a dry line and half of the riders came into the pits for another tyre change. Rossi dived into the pits with the first group, rejoining the race in tenth position. He was quick to find a good rhythm and closed the gap of 2.325s to Pol Espargaro, Carl Crutchlow, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl over the next six laps. The Doctor then only took another three laps to move up to fifth place. He was consistently closing on Aleix Espagaro in fourth, but there were not enough laps, leaving him to hold fifth at the line

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo had a good start, the Spaniard moving up from ninth to sixth in the first lap. Having found a good wet pace, he threatening to break into the top five when changing weather again disrupted the race. Lorenzo made the change to a dry bike and having returned in 17th was able to move up several positions to 13th by the flag.

With fifth place Rossi scores 11 points and is now tied for second place in the championship with Dani Pedrosa, 128 points behind Marc Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo gains three points, leaving him in fifth in the championship standings, ten points behind Dovizioso in fourth.
46Valentino Rossi
5th / +25.813 / 26 laps
You know, I took a risk because the conditions looked good but unfortunately one minute before the start it started to rain again so I had to change bike and start from last. It's a shame because if I had started with the wets I could stay in front with the top guys. Anyway it’s something about luck today and unfortunately this time it ended like this. I’m quite satisfied with the rest of the race because I had good pace and a good feeling with the bike. Also here in Assen I was quite fast.”
Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
13th / +1'04.641 / 26 laps
“I have to say that the bike was working quite well on the wet and the dry, I just had a bad race as a rider. My confidence wasn't great; I didn't want to crash like last year. I didn't have value enough like the other riders to go fast, it was a bad race for me. I would like to apologize with my team, the engineers and my fans because they all did their best but today it was definitely my worst race ever. In the dry I’m confident and not afraid of crashing but when it’s spitting maybe I have the memory of last year and I didn't have things clear in my mind. In future if something happens like this I hope to be more confident and less scared of crashing.”
Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli
“Unfortunately it was clear from the start of the weekend that the weather was going to be the biggest factor today. As always the team worked hard from the first session to give both Vale and Jorge the best possible set up for the race. In typical Assen fashion we had the weather changing every couple of minutes in the lead up to the start, making it a real gamble to decide which tyres to start on. Having started from the pit lane Vale did well to come back and ride through the chaos to take fifth. Jorge gambled on staying out a lap later than the leaders to change to slicks and so had a bigger challenge to come back. It’s a shame as our results don’t represent what we have been capable of here, had the weather been more consistent. We’ll put this weekend behind us now and hope for either fully wet or fully dry at the Sachsenring!”
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 43'29.954
2.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team+ 6.714
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team+ 10.791
4.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing+ 19.199
5.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 25.813
6.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing+ 29.003
7.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 30.882
8.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 30.985
9.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team+ 44.031
10.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP+ 48.662
11.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 51.863
12.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 1'00.329
13.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 1'04.641
14.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing+ 1'05.980
15.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo Iodaracing Team+ 1'17.611
16.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar+ 1'19.753
17.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar+ 1'27.630
18.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing+ 1'28.142
19.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac RacingAfter 1 laps
20.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia RacingAfter 1 laps
21.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird MotorsportAfter 1 laps
22.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward RacingAfter 3 laps
23.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3Not classified (8 laps)
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 200
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team 128
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 128
4.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team 91
5.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 81
6.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing 67
7.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3 58
8.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP 56
9.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing 51
10.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3 48
11.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 43
12.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini 29
13.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 27
14.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar 26
15.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar 24
16.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team 22
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing 15
18.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing 8
19.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team 7
20.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport 6
21.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo Iodaracing Team 3
22.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing 2
Technical Informations
LocationAssen, The Netherlands
Length (m)4542
Width (m)14
Turns righ12
Turns left6
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of The Netherlands
Record Lap
Time 1'34.548
Best Lap
Time 1'33.462
2013 Results
1st V.Rossi (Yamaha): 41'25.202
2ndM.Marquez (Honda): +2.170
3rdC.Crutchlow (Yamaha): +4.073
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