Saturday, September 27, 2014

Rossi 6th, Lorenzo 7th for Movistar Yamaha in MotoGP Qualifying at Aragon Round 14

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Motorland Aragón
Grand Prix of Aragón

Movistar Yamaha Score Second and Third Row for Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon

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SunnySunnyTemperatureAir 24°C
Track 36°C
TemperatureHumidity 55%

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Motorland Aragón (Spain), 27th September 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo faced a second day of challenging riding today in qualifying for tomorrow’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, taking sixth and seventh respectively on the grid.

Having fought hard yesterday and today to find a good pace, Rossi found himself this afternoon having to compete in the first qualifying session. A slow start on a soft front and hard rear tyre initially put the nine-time world champion into seventh position on his first hot lap. A slow lap followed in the hunt for clear track and then he put the pressure on, shooting to the top of the time sheet with a 1’49.172 second lap. A quick stop followed for the softer rear tyre option then he was back out with just over three minutes remaining and made a big jump, securing top and a place in qualifying two with a 1’48.692.

With just a few minutes rest it was go time again as the second qualifying heat got underway. His first flying lap was a 1’48.614, improving on his time from the first session. The Doctor was unable to beat that until after a tyre change for a second medium rear: he was back in the last minutes and scored an impressive 1’48.226 to knock his teammate out of provisional fourth place. A flurry of hot laps by rivals in the last seconds then dropped him two places to sixth on the grid where he will start tomorrow’s race.

Determined to make the best of a tough weekend, Lorenzo was straight out of the box as qualifying two began, attacking the circuit at full speed. His first flying lap was a 1’48.332, the first recorded lap of the session until his rivals completed their first, dropping him to third provisionally. His second effort was unable to better the time, taking a 1’48.604 to hold his third position. With just over seven minutes remaining he returned for fresh tyres before re-joining the track for a final push. The local hero put the hammer down and delivered a 1’48.246 to take provisional second on the grid until the final attack of the other front runners dropped him first to fourth, then three further places to seventh on the grid at the final flag.
46Valentino Rossi
6th / 1'48.226 / 8 laps

“A difficult practice yesterday and also today as we are suffering from a lack of grip. It’s difficult to ride the bike at the limit as after some laps it starts to slide a lot. We worked very hard with the team to try and improve some different settings. It looks like this afternoon we found some things so I will start from the second row, which is not so bad, it's quite good. Now we have to try to find some small improvement for the warm up and for the race so we can try to do the maximum tomorrow afternoon. The big question mark is the front tyre, we can use medium or hard. They are very similar so we have to see what the track temperature will be.”

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
7th / 1'48.246 / 8 laps

“It's unbelievable how in just two weeks everything can change just for the track. It’s true that this year we have even more difficulties to be competitive here. I’m very disappointed because today we got two wrong tyres for the rear. They were not good. One was defective in the morning and the second tyre in qualifying was also not good. I expected to improve four or five tenths but I couldn’t, improving by just one tenth. When you have more difficulties sometimes you get even more problems as happened today. I think our pace is not that bad compared to our grid position so if we can make a good start and be patient we can fight. The first two corners will be difficult, then little by little we can make some positions and fight for the podium."

Massimo Meregalli
Massimo Meregalli

“Following a tough day of practice yesterday we worked hard last night to find solutions for the challenges facing us on this circuit. We’ve tried several different options and although we are closer than yesterday we are still looking for the key to make that significant step forward. Both Jorge and Vale have as usual given 100% to qualify in the best position possible. Unfortunately Jorge’s second qualifying tyre didn't work as it should which left us unable to capitalise on his full potential. For sure we will continue to work this evening to find something we can offer them for warm up tomorrow morning so we will see. It will be a long race tomorrow and both are real fighters. We are also expecting possible rain tomorrow which will change everything for everyone.”

The extended imagery from today's Qualifying session at the Motorland Aragón circuit (Spain) is available on

1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'47.187
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'47.549
3.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing1'47.685
4.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'47.865
5.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team1'47.897
6.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'48.226
7.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'48.246
8.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP1'48.368
9.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'48.542
10.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Forward Racing1'48.568
11.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech31'48.810
12.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing1'48.991
13.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing1'49.051
14.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar1'49.209
15.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'49.274
16.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini1'49.703
17.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing1'49.790
18.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar1'49.835
19.Alex De Angelis (RSM)NGM Forward Racing1'50.263
20.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Octo IodaRacing Team1'50.635
21.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport1'51.280
22.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1'51.489
23.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing1'52.181

Technical Informations
LocationMotorland Aragón
Length (m)5078
Width (m)15
Turns righ7
Turns left10
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Aragón

Record Lap
Time 1'48.565
Best Lap
Time 1'47.187
2013 Results
1st M.Marquez (Honda): 42'03.459
2ndJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +1.356
3rdV.Rossi (Yamaha): +12.927
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