Sunday, September 28, 2014

Movistar Yamaha's Lorenzo Takes the Win in MotoGP Round 14 at Aragon

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Motorland Aragón
Grand Prix of Aragón

Movistar Yamaha Magic Continues as Lorenzo Masters Aragon
14:00 Local time GMT+2
RainyRainyTemperatureAir 18°C
Track 20°C
TemperatureHumidity 93%
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 Motorland Aragón (Spain), 28th September 2014

Today’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón proved to be the most dramatic of the season so far as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo defied both his rivals and the changing weather to deliver a master class in Grand Prix riding and claim his first victory of the season.

Teammate Valentino Rossi’s Aragón fortunes were the mirror opposite, the Italian crashing out in the early laps.

With a dry start to the race, Lorenzo was one of the few to opt for the soft front medium rear tyre combination and made a jump of three places to fourth in the opening corners. Third was to follow quickly and then a promotion to second as front runner Andrea Iannone became one of the first of many to crash out.

Lorenzo tucked in behind race leader Marc Marquez, beginning the Spanish duel that race fans had been waiting for. Never more than half a second apart, it wasn’t until there were just 15 laps remaining thatLorenzo made his move through the uphill section of the circuit for the lead. Three laps later Marquez was back through, passing into turn one.

One lap later and the weather became another rival to face on track as the white flag was waved. With some drops of rain falling riders were now clear to change to wet bikes if wanted. The lead group stayed out and with 9 laps remaining Lorenzo mirrored Marquez’ earlier pass, re-taking the lead into turn one.

A lap later and with the track getting damper in places, Lorenzo slowed and both Marquez and Dani Pedrosa passed in the uphill series of corners. With rain now clearly evident the front three played a dangerous gamble, not wanting to allow the others to get away by pitting. With four laps to go Lorenzo made his move, diving in to change for his wet bike and returning immediately to the track. In the meantime, Pedrosa had crashed out in the start straight, promoting Lorenzo to second.

Race leader Marquez opted not to pit and a lap later also fell victim to the wet, crashing out and leavingLorenzo with a clear run to the finish line and his first victory of the season.

Teammate Rossi had started well from his sixth place grid position and had been making progress when he ran wide in the down hill section, running off track and onto the slippery grass where he crashed heavily. He lost consciousness briefly after the crash but regained it quickly and was taken immediately to the medical centre for a check up. There appears to be no injuries however he has now transferred to hospital for a precautionary check up.

Lorenzo’s superb race craft delivers the maximum 25 points. He remains in fourth position, now just 12 points behind his teammate in third. Rossi’s DNF means he stays on 214 points, now three behind Pedrosa in second.
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
1st / 44'20.406 / 23 laps

“It's been a very crazy race, because we won at a track where we’ve never won and we’ve had a lot of problems all weekend. I made a really good start, my first lap was very good and I kept at the wheel of Marc. The bike was working very well and Marc was a little bit slower than in practice so I could stay with him and I passed him one or two times. The problem was it was spitting, so I didn't have much confidence, I was very careful and the others were going away in front. Andrea was catching me and I thought I was going to be fighting for third or fourth position. But finally I had an intuition; every lap I felt the spotting was coming worse and it was very dangerous and easy to crash. When I saw Marc and Dani keeping on racing and without going into the pits in the last corner, I said ok, I will take a risk and enter. I changed the bike, the new tyres were very difficult to warm up, not so much grip but I tried to be very focused and not make many mistakes. When I passed the board on the straight I was in fourth position so I thought we are going to finish very far but then the next lap I was first! I was surprised; I didn't expect to be first. Having this victory is a great relief for me after so many months of challenges and fights so I’m very proud.”

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli

“This was an impressive race, Jorge made no mistakes. He took the right decision at the right moment to change the bike and he chose the right tyre for the dry also at the start of the race. All in all he made a perfect race and took a well-deserved victory. His decisions were very well made. Vale was riding very well up to his crash, it’s a pity because after his out lap he said the changes we made were perfect and he felt the bike was working well. We are not clear yet on the cause of the crash but he was clearly riding with potential to finish on the podium. Fortunately he seems to be fine and has been taken to the hospital as a precautionary check up following an initial check at the medical centre. I need to thank the team who worked hard from Friday where we were struggling to find solutions to bring us to a highly competitive level today.”
Clinica Mobile Medical Director Michele ZasaMichele Zasa
Clinica Mobile Medical Director

“Valentino suffered a concussion with a suspected loss of consciousness. From a neurological point of view he has recovered very well. He was taken to hospital in Alcaniz to make a further check, in particular a CT scan of the skull that has ruled out any bleeding in the brain. As a precaution he will be observed in the coming hours, but there are no special reasons for concern.”

The above medical bulletin about Valentino's conditions follows the CT scan the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider underwent this afternoon at the Alcaniz hospital. His physical conditions will be checked again by Clinica Mobile later today. Further updates will follow soon.
1.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP44'20.406
2.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing+ 10.295
3.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team+ 10.312
4.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP+ 11.718
5.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 29.483
6.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3+ 29.686
7.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 29.763
8.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar+ 37.841
9.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar+ 42.957
10.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 53.937
11.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team+ 59.824
12.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing+ 1'00.718
13.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team+ 1'15.227
14.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team+ 1'24.526
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing+ 1'38.255
16.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird MotorsportAfter 1 laps
17.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia RacingAfter 1 laps
18.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird MotorsportAfter 1 laps
19.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia RacingAfter 1 laps
20.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati TeamNot classified (5 laps)
21.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGPNot classified (20 laps)
22.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac RacingNot classified (22 laps)
23.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia RacingNot classified (22 laps)
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team292
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team217
3.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP214
4.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP202
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team142
6.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing112
7.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3108
8.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing92
9.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP87
10.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech385
11.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini73
12.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team63
13.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini61
14.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar51
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing39
16.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar35
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing33
18.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Team11
19.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Forward Racing11
20.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team9
21.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport7
22.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing7
23.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing4
24.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing2
25.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport2
26.Leon Camier (GBR)Drive M7 Aspar1
Technical Informations
LocationMotorland Aragón
Length (m)5078
Width (m)15
Turns righ7
Turns left10
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Aragón
Record Lap
Best Lap
2013 Results
1stM.Marquez (Honda): 42'03.459
2ndJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +1.356
3rdV.Rossi (Yamaha): +12.927
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