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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Win Team Title

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP SIGNS OFF WITH 2016 TEAM TITLE AT STIRRING SPANISH SHOWDOWN

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RossiLorenzo

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team closed the 2016 MotoGP World Championship today at a sunny yet slightly cloudy Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in supreme form. Jorge Lorenzo stormed out of the gates to clinch a stunning and untouchable victory in his last appearance for Yamaha. Teammate Valentino Rossi also put up a strong fight and brought his YZR-M1 over the line in fourth place to give Yamaha its seventh FIM MotoGP Team Title.

GRAND PRIX OF VALENCIA
Valencia, Spain – 13th November 2016

RACE

14:00 LOCAL TIME GMT+1,  AIR 22°C / TRACK 25°C,  SUNNY / HUMIDITY 42%

1st – JORGE LORENZO,  45’54.228 / 30 LAPS

4th – VALENTINO ROSSI, +7.668 / 30 LAPS

Valencia (Spain), 13th November 2016

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo returned to winning form at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, securing a masterful first place. Teammate Valentino Rossi gave the Spanish crowds an action-packed 30-lap sprint at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo as he fought hard to hold off the competition, taking fourth over the line.

After a perfect qualifying session in Valencia yesterday, Lorenzo arrived at the circuit this morning feeling confident about his pace and it showed in the opening laps. The Mallorcan stormed into the first corner to take the holeshot before creating an over 0.6s gap to the riders in his pursuit. He was the only rider to drop a 1‘36s opening lap before getting into a consistent rhythm of 1‘31s.

As his teammate got into a heated battle with Andrea Iannone and Marc Marquez for second place, it was a flawless but lonely ride for Lorenzo. The home-hero maintained an advantage of more than four seconds over his closest rival for most of the race, but decided to slow down his pace in the final stages to end his Yamaha career with a textbook win and a 1.185s margin. Lorenzo‘s run-away victory secured him third place in the Rider Championship standings, highlighting his protagonist status.

Rossi also had a good start from the first row on the grid and slotted in behind Maverick Viñales after riding side-by-side through the first corners. He took a few laps to heat up his tyres before turning up the pressure on the Spaniard on lap four. Not wanting to let the front riders escape, Rossi slipped past him in turn 14, all the while being followed by Marquez.

The nine-time World Champion next set his sights on Iannone and it didn‘t take him long to tag onto the back of his compatriot. What followed was a sensational battle for second place that lasted over 24 laps. Rossi‘s first attack on lap six was successful, but he had to let Iannone past over the line. The Italians then further delighted the race fans at the eighteenth and final Grand Prix of the season with brilliant scraps, swapping places on many occasions.

With Marquez getting into the mix with twelve laps to go, proceedings intensified even more. In turn 2 Marquez overtook Rossi. The Doctor bided his time in the last eleven laps, ready to pounce when the opportunity arose. Over the last seven and a half minutes, as Marquez started to get away, he tried to take over third place from Iannone, but their fight lost him valuable time. With two laps to go Rossi had a final try at securing a place on the podium. Though he was unable to make it stick, he ended up taking valuable points with a hard-fought fourth position, finishing 7.668s from his teammate.

With today‘s results added to the riders‘ scores, Rossi ended in second place in the Rider Championship standings with 249 points. Lorenzo claimed third in the overall rankings with 233 points. Their achievements combined give the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team the 2016 FIM MotoGP Team‘s Title with 482 points and a 28-point advantage over the team in second place.

Tomorrow the team will enjoy a well-deserved day off before they kick off the two-day first official pre-season IRTA test of the 2017 season on Tuesday November 15th in Valencia.

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“This is the spectacular way to end the 2016 season. Wrapping up such a competitive season with a perfect victory and a fantastic battle that resulted in a hard-fought fourth place is of course a great outcome and it underlines that Movistar Yamaha MotoGP winning the Team‘s Title is well-deserved. Jorge gave a flawless performance all week and he ended his Yamaha career in the best way possible. Valentino struggled earlier this weekend, but found a good solution for the race. His battle with Iannone was a pleasure to watch for everybody. It was unfortunate that he just missed out on the podium, but he was forced to give up third position due to tyre degradation on the front. However, the points he scored today helped us claim the Team Title, which was our goal for this weekend, so we are pleased. The 2016 season and our work with Jorge have come to an end so this is a very memorable win and Team Title victory, which we will commemorate tonight and tomorrow with a big celebration before we start the first test of the 2017 season at the same track this Tuesday.”

JORGE LORENZO

“It has been an incredible weekend with a perfect first few laps, the pole position, the fastest lap, and the victory. I arrived here in MotoGP at 20 years old, taking my first pole position on my first race. After almost ten years I leave with a pole position and a victory, I think I couldn‘t have given Yamaha a better present than this for their support and their hard work during these years. We always had a competitive and winning bike. Now we will enjoy and celebrate these memories. Tonight at the party I will enjoy the last moments with my team. During the race you spend 45 minutes completely focused on what you are doing to dominate this bike, so when you cross the line you aren‘t very emotional yet and you don‘t think too much, because you need to recover. After two or three minutes I started remembering the best moments in my career and also the hard moments and in parc fermé it was very emotional with my team. For sure I will throw one of my biggest and craziest parties today because it‘s a good day. We have to enjoy all of these experiences and especially this last moment with Yamaha.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“I was pushing from the beginning to the end and the first half of the race wasn‘t so bad because I was in second position, but I wasn‘t fast enough to make a gap and after that I suffered on the second part. Marquez was very strong, so he arrived in second place and after that I had a fight with Iannone. Unfortunately he beat me because he was faster, so just fourth place for me today, but it was a good race. The 2016 season brought a lot of positive things; second place in the championship, a lot of podiums and front row starts. Next year I want to try to win more races, more than two, but we are always competitive. Unfortunately I made some mistakes and I was a bit unlucky with the engine in Mugello so I was a bit too far behind in the championship, but anyway it was a good season.”

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Fly To Spain

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP FLY TO SPAIN FOR 2016 SEASON FINALE

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team returns to Spain this week for the 2016 MotoGP World Championship finale, the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, with the third place in the Rider‘s Championship and the Team‘s and Constructor‘s Titles still up for grabs.

Valencia
Valencia

Valencia (Spain), 9th November 2016

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo head to Spain this weekend to wrap up the 2016 MotoGP World Championship season at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Valentino Rossi enters Spain intent on fighting for a podium spot. Having secured second place in the championship at the previous round at the Sepang International Circuit a fortnight ago, he focusses on the fight for the Manufacturer‘s and Team‘s Title to close the season in the best way possible. The nine-time World Champion previously has taken two premier class wins at Valencia, in 2003 and 2004, and he has claimed multiple podiums with second places in 2002, 2009 and 2014 and third places in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

Lorenzo arrives in his home country determined to keep the pressure on to take third place in the championship rankings at his final race for Yamaha. The Mallorcan joined the team in 2008 and has shown his strength at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on more than one occasion. Highlights of his successes with the YZR-M1 at the Valencian circuit are premier class victories in 2010, 2013 and 2015 (securing the 2015 World Championship title) and a podium with a third position in 2009.

The 4.0 km long Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo was completed in 1999 and has a twisty character with nine left and five right corners and an 876 m longest straight. It is a true stadium track that gives fans a perfect view of all parts of the track from every stand that can seat up to 150,000 spectators in total. Valencia always attracts a record crowd to witness the final racing spectacle ever since it became the traditional MotoGP season closer in 2002 and the Yamaha riders aim to give the fans a thrilling show again this weekend as they sign off this spectacular year.

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“After the overseas races we finally return to European soil for the fourth and last round in Spain. Now that Valentino has secured second place in the championship he can enjoy this last round to the fullest with some great racing, while Jorge continues the battle for third place in the standings. The atmosphere is always special in Valencia, which makes for an exciting race. Though we are looking forward to the final head-to-head of the year we are approaching the weekend with mixed emotions, it is a shame we won‘t have Jorge in the team anymore after his final appearance for Yamaha this weekend. Yet, this is all the more reason to end the season on a high. We are confident that together we can make this year‘s final Grand Prix a great one and we‘re looking forward to start work on Friday.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“For me Valencia is always a special race because it is always very challenging. Usually on this track I suffer a bit and it’s not good for me. For this reason I want to be as strong as possible during this weekend, working well with my team and get the best possible result. We are still fighting for the constructor‘s and the team‘s championship, so I will do my best to collect important points. After the race I will finally try the new YZR-M1. I am very impatient to get to know next year‘s bike!”

JORGE LORENZO

“The season is almost over and finally we arrive to Valencia, where I have some good memories, especially last year when we were able to achieve our goal and become World Champion again. Valencia is going to be a very special race for me because after nine years with the Yamaha family I have to say goodbye and it won‘t be easy. I had a lot of good feelings with Yamaha and together we won a lot of races and titles… I would like to finish this season in the best way possible and that‘s with a victory, so I will do my best to try to win in Cheste and I will try to secure third position in the championship as well.”

Sepang Battle Delivers Double Yamaha Podium

SOAKED SEPANG BATTLE DELIVERS DOUBLE YAMAHA PODIUM

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Rossi

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo withstood treacherous conditions at the Sepang International Circuit to take second and third in this afternoon‘s Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in soaking weather.

RACE

15:00 LOCAL TIME GMT+8,  AIR 25°C / TRACK 28°C,  STORMY RAIN / HUMIDITY 97%

2nd – VALENTINO ROSSI,  +3.115 / 19 LAPS

3rd – JORGE LORENZO,  +11.924 / 19 LAPS

Sepang (Malaysia), 30th October 2016

Heavy rain saw the start of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix delayed and the race distance reduced to 19 laps, but the more than 95,000 attendees still got plenty of thrilling racing action. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo fought hard during the race to take second and third, their fifth double podium of the season.

Rossi had dropped two places from his position on the starting grid as the 21 MotoGP riders stormed out of the gates. As a result he went into the first corner in fourth, but quickly worked his way to the front over the next couple of turns. Rossi swiftly gained the lead and tried to break away but he was soon joined by Andrea Iannone. The following 11 laps were a consistent tug of war for the lead in the race between the two Italians.

The Doctor used the nimble character of the Yamaha to the fullest in the twisty sections of the Sepang circuit. With 12 laps remaining Iannone made his first attempt to take off at the front, but Rossi didn‘t let him escape and upped his pace further to close the gap within two laps, with Andrea Dovizioso in tow.

Studying his rival‘s riding, Rossi timed his attack to perfection. He wrestled his way past Iannone, followed by Dovizioso, and set a provisional fastest lap while the rivals behind him lost time battling each other. With five laps to go, as the track started to dry, Rossi suffered a problem on the right side of his front tyre. As a result he went wide in turn one, allowing Dovizioso through and after having experienced two moments the Doctor decided to bring his YZR-M1 over the line in second place, 3.115s behind the leader.

Teammate Lorenzo took the holeshot from pole on the wet track, but wasn‘t able to hold off an aggressive move from Marc Marquez and Iannone a few corners later, that saw him being relegated to sixth at the end of the first lap. The Mallorcan moved up one place at the start of lap three when Aleix Espargaró went wide and then took up the pursuit of Marquez who was a little more than a second ahead of him.

Lorenzo set a provisional fastest lap, but lost time and a place due to a scrap with Cal Crutchlow. Lorenzo decided to follow the Briton to the leading group and then found an impressive race pace but was unable to match the front runners. He had a lonely ride to the podium as Crutchlow, Marquez and Iannone all crashed in the later stages of the race, allowing him to grab a solid third place, finishing 11.924s from the front.

Rossi’s second place earns him 20 points and leaves him second in the championship standings with 236 points. Lorenzo’s performance sees him take 16 points and places him third in the rankings on 208 points, trailing by 28 points, making Rossi the 2016 MotoGP Vice Champion.

The MotoGP paddock heads back to Spain now for the last round of the season in Valencia in two weeks‘ time.

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“A double podium under today‘s critical circumstances is the evidence the team did an excellent job again here in Sepang. Valentino rode a superb and perfect race and I am sure he would have battled with Dovizioso until the very end, if his front tyre would not have dropped so quickly on the 15th lap. He was great to read the situation at the beginning of the race and he was also very brave because he had to reject first Iannone‘s attacks and then Dovi‘s. As for Jorge, it was evident from the beginning of the race that he did not have the feeling on today‘s flooded track but he was patient, his riding was very smooth and he was able to manage the situation for third place on the podium. We wrapped up the triple overseas races in the opposite way we started it. Although Vale has secured the second place in the overall standings, the third place is still open and therefore we head to Valencia now with the aim of having both riders on the final podium. I want to take this occasion to thank the whole team crew and all the staff, as the last three races have been a long and intense journey.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“My main target for today was to arrive in front of Jorge for second place in the championship, but I also wanted to win because I felt very good with the bike in the beginning. I had to fight a lot with Iannone and he was fast. After, when I went in front, I was very optimistic but when the water on the track became less the temperature went up, I was a bit in trouble with the tyres, especially with the front. I had two moments, I risked too much and I made a mistake and in that moment Dovizioso was too fast and he went. Securing second place in the championship is important, the battle with Lorenzo is always very intense and we always arrive at the last race. When you beat a rider that‘s very strong, like Jorge, it‘s great and in the end it has been a good season. I wanted to win, but it wasn‘t possible.”

JORGE LORENZO

“Being honest, today I‘ve been lucky, because without the crashes I would have finished fifth or sixth. Crutchlow, Iannone and Marquez crashed and finally I got this podium and that‘s OK. In the past I have been competitive in wet races, when I felt great. Especially with pit stops I have won races, I have secured podiums and got pole positions in the rain. In the wet, with the Michelin tyres this year, especially at the beginning, I had trouble getting confidence in the front tyre. It has been hard for me but after Brno we made some modifications to the setting and also this tarmac helps. At this track I had more grip than normal, so I had a bit more confidence and I was able to be more competitive. Maybe in the race a bit less than in qualifying, but finally because of some luck it was enough to get to the podium. We now go to Valencia with the aim to confirm the third place in the championship.”

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Ready For Malaysian Matchup

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP MAKE FOR MALAYSIAN MATCHUP

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Sepangs, Yam

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team is ready to turn up the heat as it heads to the Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last of the triple back-to-back races that mark the final push to the end of the season before the ultimate round in Valencia.

Sepang (Malaysia), 26th October 2016

After a hard-fought race at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP head directly to Malaysia for the final fly-away race at the Sepang International Circuit.

After a brilliant catch-up race by Valentino Rossi last weekend, the nine-time World Champion is impatient to meet his fans on the Malaysian track, which is one of his favourites on the calendar. The Doctor hopes to again finish on the podium this weekend to reconfirm his status as the current rider with the most premier class wins at the Malaysian circuit. The Italian snatched victory in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, secured second place 2002, 2005 and 2014 and third place in 2009 and 2015.

Jorge Lorenzo is also looking forward to get back into action this weekend, this time with warmer temperatures. The Mallorcan has often expressed that he thoroughly enjoys the Sepang track. He hopes the resurfacing of the circuit combined with his smooth riding style will give him the edge he needs to claim his first premier class MotoGP victory there, having come close to the win last year. Lorenzo climbed the Malaysian premier class podium on five occasions, claiming second place in  2012 and 2015 and third place in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

The Sepang International Circuit held its first Grand Prix in 1999 and has been on the MotoGP calendar ever since. The track provides exciting racing thanks to a mixture of slow and medium to high-speed corners (five left and ten right) and two long straights, the longest measuring 920m, providing big challenges in bike set-up. The 5.5 km track is also testing for the riders, as it has one of the longest laps of the MotoGP season, which has to be completed in extremely hot and humid conditions.

MASSIMO MEREGALLI TEAM DIRECTOR

“We go now to Malaysia to start the last overseas race of the season. I am positive for Sepang, I think this is going to be quite good for us. The circuit has been resurfaced, which is challenging for the tyres, and it looks like there are no bumps, which the riders will appreciate. The last corner is off-camber, so it will be very particular, especially as this is a place where the riders are used to overtaking and it might be easy for them to make mistakes. Having good weather will be important and also the riders‘ physical condition can play a huge part in the race with the hot temperatures that we experience here so often. After two challenging weekends, for sure for the next rounds we would like to get some victories to finish the 2016 season in the best way, so that will be our objective.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“Sepang is one of my favourite tracks. I like it a lot, but it‘s also one of the most difficult races of the season due to the weather. It is always very hot and you must always be very careful with what you eat and drink. The weekend in Malaysia is very demanding physically, but I‘m in good shape. The weekend on Phillip Island was very complicated but in the end we did a good race and I‘m happy for that. I hope that in Malaysia we can be able to work well again from the first practice. I would like to make it a good race and go to the podium another time.”

JORGE LORENZO

“The result in Phillip Island was unexpected for me. We struggle too much in these types of condition and I was not able to ride the way I wanted to. The temperature was too cold and that is why I suffered a lot, it was difficult to warm up the tyres. Sepang is a very different track. We know the layout pretty well because usually we test there a lot of times, but this season something has changed. The asphalt is new and will be different from what we checked out during the preseason. I‘m not expecting any issues with the tyre temperature this weekend because of the Malaysian heat so I‘m going to try to fight for the podium again.”

Rossi Grabs Second Place At Phillip Island

ROSSI GRABS GUTSY SECOND PLACE IN POWERFUL PHILLIP ISLAND PERFORMANCE

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders‘ Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo delivered a strong charge at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit today. Rossi cut like a knife through butter from fifteenth on the gird to secure a superb second place. Lorenzo had a lonely ride to a solid sixth place, after a brilliant start from 12th position.

Phillip Island (Australia), 23rd October 2016

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Rossi

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi took the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to another level today, with a charge through the field from 15th on the grid to a stunning second place. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo overcame the challenges thrown at him this weekend by pushing hard from 12th on the grid and brought his YZR-M1 over the line in sixth place.

Rossi made a good start to the race at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit as he jumped two places to 13th on the opening lap. Overtaking Scott Redding and Maverick Viñales, the Doctor fought his way past Nicky Hayden as he continued to battle his way to the front of the field. Having climbed up to eighth, he was trailing teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who he quickly overtook on lap three and then the pair smoothly pulled ahead of Danilo Petrucci.

Rossi gradually closed down the 0.4s margin to tack onto the back of Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaró‘s bikes. He then put the hammer down and set a provisional fastest lap of 1‘29.795s, leaving behind his two rivals a lap later. He kept pushing in fourth place, trying to bridge the 0.4s gap to Aleix Espargarò and a podium finish.

As Rossi wrestled his way past Aleix Espargaró, drama struck as Marc Marquez crashed out of the lead on lap nine, handing the Italian second place.

The fight for the win was now between the nine-time World Champion and Cal Crutchlow, who was a little more than two seconds ahead of him. The Doctor was eager to hunt down the Briton, but the chase to the front of the field in the early stages of the race had taken its toll on his soft front tyre. Rossi decided to focus on maintaining his position after a small mistake on the brakes and cruised to a stunning second place, +4.218s from the front.

Lorenzo had a superb start from twelfth on the grid and quickly stormed to ninth in the opening laps. The Mallorcan was fully aware that his teammate and Viñales would be soon joining him at the front of the pack and hurried to deal with Stefan Bradl and Jack Miller two laps into the race for seventh place. A lap later Lorenzo was forced to let Rossi and Viñales through and followed them past Petrucci, but was unable to keep up with their pace.

With Marquez crashing at the front, the remaining second half of the race was a lonely ride for Lorenzo in sixth place, with a significant gap to both the bike in front and the back of him. Lorenzo focused on keeping the heat in his tyres to bring home some solid points and crossed the line +20.125s from the front.

Thanks to his stunning ride today, Rossi stays in second place in the championship with 216 points. He thereby increases the advantage over his teammate Lorenzo to 24 points, whose sixth place sees his points total raised to 192.

The extended imagery from today’s Race at the Phillip Island Circuit is available on
www.yamahamotogp.com

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“Following this morning‘s warm up we understood there were good premises for a positive race. Since the beginning of the session this morning, Valentino had a really good feeling and that‘s why we kept the bike as it was before the race. The two remaining variables were the tyres and the start from the fifth row, but Vale did great to manage both! Valentino‘s second place is a great relief after a very difficult and challenging weekend. Jorge did his best to recover from 12th on the grid and, although I am sure he‘s not happy with his sixth place, he did a very good job to ride around the difficulties he experienced throughout the whole weekend. I really want to congratulate with and thank all team members, who worked hard all weekend to provide Valentino and Jorge the best weapons for today‘s race. Their work has been crucial to recover from a bad Saturday!”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“This morning we discovered that we had a good pace in good conditions and step by step I came back. At the beginning of the race, the first lap was very funny and I tried and hoped to go to Cal, but he was too fast and too strong. The first ten laps I enjoyed a lot. Cal was also my target and I thought that I could beat him because this morning I was a bit stronger. When I saw Marquez crash I thought I might be able to win and tried but unfortunately Cal was too fast. He is always very fast in Phillip Island and interprets this track in the maximum way. For me the second half of the race was more difficult and I couldn‘t make a move, but this race is what we needed after the mistake in Motegi and the bad day we had yesterday, which I think was the most frustrating day of the season. It was a very positive day for the team and Yamaha and it‘s been a positive race. Congratulations to Cal and thank you to all my team, to all the guys who did a great job.”

JORGE LORENZO

“The temperatures were the same as during the warm-up and we gave more or less the same performance and I made the same lap times, a 1‘30.4s. The grip level drop on the rear has been huge, from the beginning I didn‘t have grip, but that‘s the way it is. As soon as the track has less grip, we struggle more and the problems we have with the bike double or triple. In Malaysia we shouldn‘t have a problem with the cold, or grip as the track is new. It should have more grip than last year so I really look forward to a better result.”

RACE RESULTS – 23/10/2016

1. C. CRUTCHLOW, LCR HONDA, 40’48.543

2. V. ROSSI, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, + 4.218

3. M. VIÑALES, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, + 5.309

4. A. DOVIZIOSO, DUCATI TEAM, + 9.157

5. P. ESPARGARÒ, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3, + 14.299

6. J. LORENZO, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, + 20.125

7. S. REDDING, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 28.369

8. B. SMITH, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3, + 28.781

9. D. PETRUCCI, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 28.792

10. J. MILLER, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, + 28.815

11. S. BRADL, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 31.809

12. A. BAUTISTA, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 47.734

13. Y. HERNANDEZ, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 47.749

14. E. LAVERTY, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 54.311

15. M. JONES, AVINTIA RACING, + 55.875

16. T. RABAT, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, + 1’06.395

17. N. HAYDEN, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, + 1’22.604

18. H. BARBERA, DUCATI TEAM, N.C. (3 laps)

19. A. ESPARGARÒ, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, N.C. (5 laps)

20. M. MARQUEZ, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, N.C. (18 laps)

21. L. BAZ, AVINTIA RACING, N.C. (20 laps)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION RIDER

1. Marc Marquez (SPA), Repsol Honda Team, 273

2. Valentino Rossi (ITA), Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 216

3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA), Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 192

4. Maverick Viñales (SPA), Team Suzuki Ecstar, 181

5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA), Repsol Honda Team, 155

6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR), LCR Honda, 141

7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA), Ducati Team, 137

8. Pol Espargarò (SPA), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 117

9. Andrea Iannone (ITA), Ducati Team, 96

10. Hector Barbera (SPA), Ducati Team, 84

11. Aleix Espargarò (SPA), Team Suzuki Ecstar, 82

12. Eugene Laverty (IRL), Pull & Bear Aspar Team, 73

13. Scott Redding (GBR), Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 71

14. Alvaro Bautista (SPA), Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 67

15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 65

16. Stefan Bradl (GER), Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 60

17. Bradley Smith (GBR), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 53

18. Jack Miller (AUS), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 48

19. Michele Pirro (ITA), Ducati Team, 36

20. Tito Rabat (SPA), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 29

21. Loris Baz (FRA), Avintia Racing, 24

22. Yonny Hernandez (COL), Pull & Bear Aspar Team, 20

23. Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN), Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing, 5

24. Alex Lowes (GBR), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 3

25. Mike Jones (AUS), Avintia Racing, 1

26. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN), Repsol Honda Team, 1

27. Nicky Hayden (USA), Repsol Honda Team, 1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION CONSTRUCTOR

1. Honda, 341

2. Yamaha, 308

3. Ducati, 220

4. Suzuki, 187

5. Aprilia, 86

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION TEAM

1. REPSOL HONDA TEAM, 429

2. MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, 408

3. TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, 263

4. DUCATI TEAM, 246

5. MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3, 173

6. OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, 148

7. LCR HONDA, 141

8. APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, 127

9. AVINTIA RACING, 110

10. ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP, 93

11. ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, 78

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Head South to Phillip Island

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP HEAD SOUTH FOR SECOND OVERSEAS RACE

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team continues its relentless pace this weekend as the paddock heads from the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan to Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia, for the second consecutive race weekend, the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

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AustraliaGP

Phillip Island (Victoria, Australia), 19th October 2016

After the Grand Prix of Japan, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team immediately moved on to the next stage on the MotoGP calendar, the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the scenic Phillip Island circuit.

Valentino Rossi looks forward to defending his second place in the championship from his teammate Jorge Lorenzo. As one of the most successful riders at the Phillip Island circuit, he will be using his experience to secure a top result and visit the Australian rostrum again. After taking third place in 2000, the Doctor enjoyed an impressive five-year winning streak from 2001 to 2005, followed by five more consecutive podium finishes in the premier class. He claimed second place in 2008 and 2009 and scored three third places in 2006, 2007, 2010. Rossi returned to the podium again three years later with a third place in 2013 and a first place in 2014, when he, teammate Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3‘s Bradley Smith made it an all-Yamaha podium.

Lorenzo is also prepared to take on the competition on Phillip Island, one of his favourite circuits where he got to lift a trophy after the race many times. He scored two second places in the premier class in 2010 and 2012. From that point on the Mallorcan has not finished off the podium, securing the victory in 2013 and two more second places in 2014 and 2015. Lorenzo aims to keep the trend going this year and is ready to enjoy the beautiful Phillip Island circuit whilst fighting for second place in the championship.

Phillip Island became a permanently constructed circuit in 1956, but was already staging motorcycle races since 1931. The circuit hosted motorcycle Grand Prix events until an extensive renovation took place in 1968. The 4.4 km Australian circuit made a comeback in 1989 and 1990 and became a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards. Each year the track is a crowd-pleaser for both the MotoGP paddock and fans, who can‘t get enough of its fast and fluid corners (seven left and five right), exotic wildlife and stunning location right next to the ocean.

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“After Motegi we headed straight to Phillip Island. Though we didn‘t score any points last weekend, we showed we are very strong and capable to fight for the win even under challenging circumstances. We will use this experience to fuel our motivation even more to deliver a good result. We already tried the Michelin tyres at this track as part of the pre-season testing earlier this year, so we hope to build on the data that we already have. As the track is very close to shore, it can be very windy and cold at this time of year. We hope the weather conditions will not play a big role in this weekend‘s racing activities so we can fully focus on getting a good result.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“The bad thing is that we took zero points in Motegi, but the good thing is that we showed that we are strong. Phillip Island is a fantastic track and a place that I like a lot. We have to try to be fast and strong there too. We already tested there with Michelin, but unfortunately we now go there after a very bad season, our worst season on paper. We hope that the weather conditions won‘t be very bad, because if it‘s cold it can be dangerous. We hope for good weather and we‘ll see.”

JORGE LORENZO

“It was a shame in Motegi, but we were at least able to fight for the victory despite the wrong decision with the tyre. My crash and Vale‘s gave Marc the title but honestly he was the most consistent rider. Now we have to fight for the second position in the championship, though the important thing – and why we are here – is to be a champion. Phillip Island is going to be a bit strange because the fight for the championship is over, but I would like to do a great race and try to win. That’s my goal for the next three races and take the vice champion title as well.”

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Encounters Dramatic End To Motegi Race

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP ENCOUNTERS DRAMATIC END TO MOTEGI RACE

Today‘s Grand Prix of Japan started with an incredible fight for the lead involving Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, but came to an abrupt end for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team with a double DNF at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.

Motegi (Japan), 16th October 2016

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The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team were unlucky to see both riders crash out of a promising second place at the Twin Ring Motegi track after heroic efforts of the two teammates. Jorge Lorenzo was riding impressively at the start of the 24-lap sprint and was defending his position until a crash at turn nine meant the end of his challenge. Earlier on in the race, pole-setter Rossi also suffered an unfortunate premature halt to his strong pursuit of the lead in turn ten.

Lorenzo had a good start to the 24-lap race when he launched from third on the grid to arrive at the first corner in second place, passing his teammate. He immediately also overtook Marc Marquez in turn two, who had snatched the holeshot into turn one, to take over the lead.

With a feisty fight ensuing between Rossi and Marquez, Lorenzo put his head down to increase his advantage to over 0.6s, but the two chasing riders were not out of the race yet. The first attack came from Marquez on lap three. Lorenzo spurred on his Yamaha to prevent his compatriot from clearing off at the front and was followed closely by the Doctor. Lorenzo had to let his teammate pass on lap six but regained the position when Rossi crashed out of the race.

With Marquez too far ahead, Lorenzo focused his attention on defending his second place from Andrea Dovizioso, who arrived at the back of his Yamaha with five laps to go, but the Mallorcan‘s quest for a podium ended when he crashed out of the race in turn nine.

Rossi had a good start from pole, but had to let Marquez and Lorenzo pass going into turn one. What followed was a flurry of activity on the first lap as the Italian scrapped with Marquez and Aleix Espargaró. Completing the first lap in third place, Rossi refused to give up and cleverly bided his time whilst following Lorenzo and Marquez, to take second from his teammate five laps later. He was chasing the victory and kicked up the pace a nudge until he lost the front end in turn ten on lap seven, ending his race prematurely.

Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Team wildcard rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga made his experience count and rode a confident race, securing a strong eleventh place aboard the YZR-M1, earning himself five championship points.

After today‘s unexpected race results, Rossi and Lorenzo hold second and third place respectively in the championship with 196 and 182 points. Yamaha holds second place with 288 points in the Constructors‘ classification, 28 points from first, and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is also chasing the Teams‘ title in second place with 378 points in the rankings.

MASSIMO MEREGALLI TEAM DIRECTOR

“It is a disappointing end to an otherwise strong weekend from our team. After yesterday‘s qualifying results we were really confident that we would be able to get a good result, but unfortunately this was a race day to forget. Jorge and Valentino gave a solid performance today, especially since both were not feeling a 100% after Jorge‘s extreme highside yesterday and with Vale suffering a severe cold. Nevertheless, they fought their way to the front in the early laps and they definitely didn’t make it easy for Marquez in the first stage of the race. It was unfortunate that Valentino‘s and Jorge‘s crash ended our race early. Congratulations to Marc for securing the Riders title.”

JORGE LORENZO

“I‘m very disappointed, because I made a mistake. I tried to push too much when the bike was not working well with the tyres. In Aragón we made a good decision with the tyres and this time it was the opposite. We chose the wrong front tyre, with the soft I think I would have made a better race, because my front tyre on the first laps was vibrating and closing. I didn‘t have a good feeling, that‘s why I couldn‘t keep up with the pace of Marquez. Finally, because Dovizioso was coming, I pushed more than before in that corner and the front tyre didn‘t give me any support or feedback and I crashed. It‘s a pity, because I think we had the potential to fight for the victory with the right front tyre, but it was impossible today and we lost a great opportunity to be second in the championship. I want to congratulate Marquez because he didn‘t have an advantage from his bike this year and he was the most consistent rider, so he deserves this championship.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“First of all, I would like to say that I‘m OK, fortunately no problems. On the other hand it‘s a shame because I was quite strong and I had a good pace. Unfortunately my start was not fantastic and I lost a position to Marquez and Lorenzo. After that, Marquez was a bit faster than me to overtake Lorenzo, I lost a bit more time behind him, but the pace was good. I was able to push a lot to try and catch Marquez but unfortunately I lost the front. Sincerely, I felt nothing like going into the corner too wide or too deep, but I lost the front and logically I made a mistake.”

RACE RESULTS –  16/10/2016

1. M. MARQUEZ, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, 42’34.610

2. A. DOVIZIOSO, DUCATI TEAM, + 2.992

3. M. VIÑALES, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, + 4.104

4. A. ESPARGARÒ, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, + 4.726

5. C. CRUTCHLOW, LCR HONDA, + 15.049

6. P. ESPARGARÒ, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3, + 19.654

7. A. BAUTISTA, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 23.032

8. D. PETRUCCI, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 28.555

9. S. REDDING, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 28.802

10. S. BRADL, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 32.330

11. K. NAKASUGA, YAMALUBE YAMAHA FACTORY RACING, + 42.845

12. Y. HERNANDEZ, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 52.219

13. B. SMITH, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3, + 53.783

14. T. RABAT, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, + 54.760

15. H. AOYAMA, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, + 1’00.155

16. L. BAZ, AVINTIA RACING, + 1’04.440

17. H. BARBERA, DUCATI TEAM, + 1’42.966

18. M. JONES, AVINTIA RACING, After 1 laps

19. J. LORENZO, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, N.C. (5 laps)

20. V. ROSSI, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, N.C. (18 laps)

21. J. MILLER, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, N.C. (18 laps)

22. E. LAVERTY, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, N.C. (22 laps)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION RIDER

1. Marc Marquez (SPA), Repsol Honda Team, 273

2. Valentino Rossi (ITA), Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 196

3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA), Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 182

4. Maverick Viñales (SPA), Team Suzuki Ecstar, 165

5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA), Repsol Honda Team, 155

6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA), Ducati Team, 124

7. Cal Crutchlow (GBR), LCR Honda, 116

8. Pol Espargarò (SPA), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 106

9. Andrea Iannone (ITA), Ducati Team, 96

10. Hector Barbera (SPA), Ducati Team, 84

11. Aleix Espargarò (SPA), Team Suzuki Ecstar, 82

12. Eugene Laverty (IRL), Pull & Bear Aspar Team, 71

13. Alvaro Bautista (SPA), Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 63

14. Scott Redding (GBR), Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 62

15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 58

16. Stefan Bradl (GER), Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 55

17. Bradley Smith (GBR), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 45

18. Jack Miller (AUS), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 42

19. Michele Pirro (ITA), Ducati Team, 36

20. Tito Rabat (SPA), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 29

21. Loris Baz (FRA), Avintia Racing, 24

22. Yonny Hernandez (COL), Pull & Bear Aspar Team, 17

23. Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN), Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing, 5

24. Alex Lowes (GBR), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 3

25. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN), Repsol Honda Team, 1

26. Nicky Hayden (USA), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION CONSTRUCTOR

1. Honda, 316

2. Yamaha, 288

3. Ducati, 207

4. Suzuki, 171

5. Aprilia, 81

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION TEAM

1. REPSOL HONDA TEAM, 429

2. MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, 378

3. TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, 247

4. DUCATI TEAM, 233

5. MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3, 154

6. OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, 132

7. APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, 118

8. LCR HONDA, 116

9. AVINTIA RACING, 109

10. ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP, 88

11. ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, 72

Yamaha Jets To Japan For Motegi Round

YAMAHA JETS TO JAPAN FOR MOTEGI ROUND

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Motegi

Motegi (Japan), 12th October 2016

Having secured a solid double podium in Aragón a little less than three weeks ago, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo shape up for the triple-header overseas, starting at the home of Yamaha with the Grand Prix of Japan.

Rossi thoroughly enjoyed the close racing in Aragón and expects to continue his podium streak at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit as one of the key protagonists. The Italian has been successful at this track numerous times before. In the premier class he has been victorious in 2001 and 2008, scored second place in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2015, and secured third place in 2010 and 2014. This weekend he has made it his mission to fight with the front-runners again to bridge the 52-point gap to the championship leader.

After closing the Aragón weekend strongly, teammate Lorenzo is also eager to get back into action at the Japanese track and he will aim for another top result this weekend. Over the last seven years, the Spaniard has climbed the Motegi podium seven times, winning the Japanese Grand Prix in 2009, 2013 and 2014, finishing in second place in 2011 and 2012, and securing third place in 2006 and 2015. This year he hopes to add another win to his tally and close the 14–point gap to his teammate.

The Twin Ring Motegi circuit was built in 1997 and two years later it was first visited by the MotoGP championship for the first time. The 4.8 km-long circuit instantly became one of the most exciting events on the calendar for motorsports fans thanks to thrilling racing action made possible by its stop-start character, tight hairpins and slight elevation changes over six left and eight right corners. Motegi was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2000 as the Pacific Grand Prix until it replaced the Suzuka Circuit as the host of the Japanese Grand Prix in 2004.

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“We are now starting the last part of the season with the first of the three races overseas before the final round in Valencia. The team is looking forward to visit Motegi, it‘s a very special Grand Prix as it is Yamaha‘s home race. Motegi is a fast track with a stop-start nature. Vale and Jorge have both done very well here in the past, so we expect to be fighting for the victory again this weekend. As always we aim to fully prepare the set-up of the YZR-M1 on Friday so we will be ready for the battle on Sunday. The three fly-away races are always challenging for the team, we will be pushing non-stop these upcoming three weeks and we can‘t wait to get started.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“I love the three overseas races, these circuits are fantastic. On paper we are strong with the Yamaha, so I hope to fight for the victory. I‘m especially happy to go to Japan because it is the home of Yamaha and I will do my best to make it a good Grand Prix. I like the track and the atmosphere. I‘m in good shape and I’m ready for the three races in a row!”

JORGE LORENZO

“We now kick off the most different part of the season and maybe the most exciting because we face three races in a row and they are all overseas, so physically and mentally it asks a lot from you. On the other hand it is a nice adventure every time we go there. First on the list is Motegi and this track gives me great memories. I love Japan and I like a lot this circuit because of the people and for Yamaha and the other Japanese manufacturers this Grand Prix is so important. This is the real home race! The end of the championship is still quite far away so we need to continue to ride in the best way possible, be competitive and try to win again. It would be fantastic to do that at Yamaha‘s home Grand Prix!”

Double Podium for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at Motorland Aragon

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP AT MOTORLAND ARAGÓN

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi gave a spectacular show to the Spanish fans today at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, securing second and third place respectively, their fourth double Yamaha podium of the season, after an epic fight at the Motorland Aragón circuit.

GRAND PRIX OF ARAGÓN
Motorland Aragón – Alcañiz (Spain), 25th September 2016

RACE

2nd –  JORGE LORENZO, +2.740 / 23 LAPS

3rd –  VALENTINO ROSSI,  +5.983 / 23 LAPS

Alcañiz (Spain), 25th September 2016

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Today‘s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón proved to be the most action-filled race of the season so far, as Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo fought off his rivals to secure a hard-fought second place. Teammate Valentino Rossi also used his YZR-M1 to the fullest to fend off the competition and secured the fourth double podium of the season for the Factory Yamaha team.

Lorenzo didn‘t let a crash in warm-up this morning hold him back in today‘s race. The local hero had a brilliant start from third on the grid and fought for the holeshot with Marc Marquez. Maverick Viñales soon joined the fight for the front, beginning a Spanish duel that had the race fans on the edge of their seats. A flurry of activity followed that saw Lorenzo finish the first lap in third position, closely followed by his teammate. A mistake by Marquez two laps later made Lorenzo storm to second place and he continued to claw his way to Viñales, but he had to let his teammate past.

The top three riders briefly formed a leading group as they upped their pace, dropping low 1‘49s laps. However, Marquez was closing in and with 17 laps remaining he found a way past Lorenzo, but the Mallorcan wasn‘t fazed. He made his experience count and waited for the right moment to fight his way back to the front, which came with 14 laps to go when he didn‘t need a second invitation to pass Viñales after the compatriot had gone wide.

Lorenzo cleverly continued his race in such a way that he still had enough rubber left on his Michelins to make a final charge five laps before the end of the race to smoothly take over second place. He was consistently stalked by Rossi, but he didn‘t let it shake his confidence and held off the Italian‘s attack to take second place over the line, 2.740s from first.

Teammate Rossi had a good start from his sixth place grid position and slotted into fourth place after turn 1, determined not to let the leading group out of his sight. With 21 laps to go, Marquez dropped back to fifth, allowing Rossi to take hold of a podium finish for the first time in the race, fuelling his ambitions even further. He hunted down his teammate and bided his time to make a move with 18 laps left, to close the gap to the race leader. He was the first rider to drop into the 1‘48s as he reeled in Viñales and went on to take the lead of the race after a block pass in turn 4 with 15 laps to go.

The Doctor‘s pace proved too hot for the Spaniard, who went wide in turn 1 a lap later, allowing Rossi some breathing space before Marquez made his move with 12 laps to go. Rossi wasn‘t willing to let his rival go and put his head down, but he was unable to stick to the home rider and with five laps to go he put his attention towards his teammate, who pushed him back one place. The Doctor followed the fellow Yamaha rider like a shadow, but was unable to get past and took the chequered flag 5.983s behind the man in first place.

Lorenzo‘s superb race craft delivers him 20 points. He remains in third position, now just 14 points behind his teammate in second. Rossi‘s third place gives him a total of 196 points, now 52 points behind the championship leader.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP will next head to Japan in three weeks‘ time for the Grand Prix of Japan, the first of the three overseas races.

The extended imagery from today’s Race at the Motorland Aragon Circuit is available on
www.yamahamotogp.com

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“We knew that it was going to be difficult to beat Marquez today, but we tried as hard as possible until the rear tyre dropped, leading the race with Valentino. We have suffered from this problem since the beginning of the weekend and although we tried different settings we weren‘t able to fully get rid of the problem. The decision to change the tyre on the grid for Jorge paid off and as a team, we achieved a great result, finishing with two riders on the podium at our Title Sponsor‘s Grand Prix. When we arrived in Aragón we had our eyes on the win and we carry this objective forward to the next round where we want to fight for the victory again.”

JORGE LORENZO

“Sometimes a bad situation or a bad thing brings you a good thing and that‘s what happened when I crashed. I got almost injured and was almost in pain, as has happened in the past, but this made me do two warming up laps, one with the hard tyre and one on the soft tyre. Finally on these two laps the hard tyre suddenly gave me a good confidence, even if I was warming up and very slow, so my instinct told me that I needed to change my race tyre to the hard one and this crash and bit of instinct for sure gave me the possibility to do this race the way I was riding it. I didn‘t expect to finish on the podium, I thought I would finish maybe sixth or seventh, but finally the race was again surprising. It‘s been a difficult weekend for me, but sometimes these kind of situations bring you to the top.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“We started with a different setting and we tried to be stronger towards the end of the race, but in the final stages I was spinning a lot, but I think everyone was in the same boat anyway. It‘s a shame that with two laps to go I made a mistake in braking and I had to go wide. If not for that we could have fought for the second place, but anyway the podium is OK. I‘m happy because it‘s a good podium. Here, in Aragón, we always suffer a bit. It‘s a shame and I‘m not fully happy, because I wanted to arrive as the first of the Yamahas and in front of Lorenzo, but unfortunately in the second half of the race he was faster than me. It‘s a shame, because I had some cards up my sleeve for the last laps, because I was there, but I made a mistake. I decided to go straight because else it would have been very dangerous for both of us. I lost the four points to Jorge, but it‘s another podium. We hope we can improve and that we can be more competitive for the overseas races.”

RACE RESULTS25/09/2016

1. M. MARQUEZ,  REPSOL HONDA TEAM, 41’57.678

2. J. LORENZO, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, + 2.740

3. V. ROSSI, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, + 5.983

4. M. VIÑALES, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, + 8.238

5. C. CRUTCHLOW, LCR HONDA, + 13.221

6. D. PEDROSA, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, + 17.072

7. A. ESPARGARÒ, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, + 18.522

8. P. ESPARGARÒ, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3, + 19.432

9. A. BAUTISTA, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 23.071

10. S. BRADL, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 27.898

11. A. DOVIZIOSO, DUCATI TEAM, + 32.448

12. M. PIRRO, DUCATI TEAM, + 35.033

13. H. BARBERA, AVINTIA RACING, + 36.224

14. E. LAVERTY, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 37.621

15. N. HAYDEN, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, + 40.509

16. Y. HERNANDEZ, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 43.906

17. D. PETRUCCI, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 56.740

18. L. BAZ, AVINTIA RACING, + 59.681

19. S. REDDING, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 1’34.126

20. T. RABAT, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, N.C. (7 laps)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION RIDER

1. Marc Marquez (SPA), Repsol Honda Team, 248

2. Valentino Rossi (ITA), Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 196

3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA), Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 182

4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA), Repsol Honda Team, 155

5. Maverick Viñales (SPA), Team Suzuki Ecstar, 149

6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR), LCR Honda, 105

7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA), Ducati Team, 104

8. Pol Espargarò (SPA), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 96

9. Andrea Iannone (ITA), Ducati Team, 96

10. Hector Barbera (SPA), Avintia Racing, 84

11. Eugene Laverty (IRL), Pull & Bear Aspar Team, 71

12. Aleix Espargarò (SPA), Team Suzuki Ecstar, 69

13. Scott Redding (GBR), Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 55

14. Alvaro Bautista (SPA), Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 54

15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA), Octo Pramac Yakhnich, 50

16. Stefan Bradl (GER), Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 49

17. Jack Miller (AUS), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 42

18. Bradley Smith (GBR), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 42

19. Michele Pirro (ITA), Ducati Team, 36

20. Tito Rabat (SPA), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 27

21. Loris Baz (FRA), Avintia Racing, 24

22. Yonny Hernandez (COL), Pull & Bear Aspar Team, 13

23. Alex Lowes (GBR), Monster Yamaha Tech3, 3

24. Nicky Hayden (USA), Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, 1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION CONSTRUCTOR

1. Honda, 291

2. Yamaha, 278

3. Ducati, 187

4. Suzuki, 155

5. Aprilia, 72

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION TEAM

1. REPSOL HONDA TEAM, 403

2. MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, 378

3. TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, 218

4. DUCATI TEAM, 213

5. MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3, 141

6. OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, 117

7. AVINTIA RACING, 109

8. LCR HONDA, 105

9. APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, 103

10. ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP, 84

11. ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, 70

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Eager To Continue Action In Aragón

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Eager To Continue Action In Aragón

After the Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where both Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo landed on the podium, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team heads to Aragón for one last European round before the three overseas races. The teammates are keen on another chance to fight at the front of the field at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón this weekend.

Alcaniz (Spain), 21st September 2016

After securing a double podium at Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s second home Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli nearly two weeks ago, the team shapes up for the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón. The fourteenth Grand Prix of the season at the MotorLand Aragón circuit holds a special significance as it‘s not just a home race for Lorenzo but the team‘s title sponsor, Movistar, has also taken title sponsorship of the Aragón round for a third year in succession.

After a strong race at his home Grand Prix where he secured second place, Rossi aims for another top result in Aragón, where he secured a podium finish in 2013 and 2015 with two third places. Over the last four races, he has been gradually reducing the margin to the championship leader to 43 points in the overall standings. This weekend the nine-time World Champion aims to hit the ground running on Friday, as he looks forward to another exciting battle with the frontrunners.

Teammate Lorenzo also arrives in Aragón with high hopes to continue the momentum of the last round at his penultimate home race of the season. His third place finish at the last round in Misano keeps the Mallorcan in third place in the championship, 18 points behind his teammate. He is eager to add another podium result to his tally at the MotorLand Aragón circuit, scoring two consecutive wins over the last two years, two second places in 2012 and 2013, and a third place podium finish in 2011.

The MotorLand Aragón circuit was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2010 and was given the IRTA Best Grand Prix of the Year award that same year. Situated near the town of Alcañiz in Northern Spain, the track is only a few hours drive from Barcelona and draws thousands of fans. The fast and challenging 5.1 km long circuit, with ten left and seven right corners and a 968 m longest straight, has one of the most spectacular elevation changes of the season and multiple flowing corners, making finding the right set-up vital.

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“We arrive in Aragón feeling positive that we can make this a great weekend. We go from our team and Valentino‘s home Grand Prix to the home race of Jorge and our title sponsor Movistar, so it will be another very special event that we are looking forward to. Our riders both like the Aragón circuit and the team‘s work ethic is as high as ever, so we feel confident that we can be ready for another close battle.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“Even though I wanted to win in Misano, I can say that it was a good race anyway. In all the next races we will do our best to get always the best result, just like we did in Misano. The only thing that interests me now is to do good races. In Aragón we will have to work well from day one, as we have been doing this entire season. This circuit has fast corners and hard braking, so it will be important to have a good bike, with a perfect set-up. I really like the track and, even if it is not one of my favourites, we will try to do our best.”

JORGE LORENZO

“Despite the high expectations in Misano, we finally could come back to the podium after some bad races. In Misano we worked really well throughout the weekend but ultimately Dani and Vale were faster than us. At least we got another podium and we found the line regarding the setting with the bike. Now it‘s time to go to Aragón. This track never suits our bike perfectly but over the last years we were able to win several times so you never know, especially this season with the new tyres everything is challenging and tricky. I‘m eager to fight on home soil and I will try to taste victory again.”