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Lorenzo Battles for Sepang Podium

Lorenzo Battles for Sepang Podium

Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo battled hard during the early stages of today’s Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix to take third on the podium.

Starting from fourth on the grid, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider was yet again off the start line like a bullet and the first rider through turn one in the lead. With both Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez snapping at his heels he put his head down and tried to break away. With 16 laps to go, Pedrosa made his move at the end of the back straight, taking the lead. Marquez then moved up into third and began an epic battle with Lorenzo, the two swapping positions multiple times and passing within millimetres of each other at speeds of over 190km per hour. With 11 laps to go Marquez was able to make his final pass tick on the inside of turn 14, leaving Lorenzo to hold third to the line and claim third on the podium.

Teammate Valentino Rossi dropped initially to fourth off the line from his second place grid position, tucked in behind Marquez on the first lap. The nine-time world champion made a move on Marquez at turn 10 but was unable to pass and settled back into fourth. Rossi spent several laps holding off the advances of Alvaro Bautista, narrowly escaping an incident when the Spanish rider overshot turn one, just missing Rossi as he ran wide. The rest of the race proved to be a lonely one as he held his position in fourth, crossing the line just over ten seconds behind the leader.

The results from the first of the overseas triple header sees Lorenzo hold second in the championship, now on 255 points, Rossi holds fourth on 198 points.

The team now moves directly to Australia for the next round at the Phillip Island circuit next weekend.

Jorge Lorenzo 3rd / +6.669 / 20 laps

“We were much slower than the others today, especially after three or four laps. I tried to open a gap at the beginning like always but there was +0 on the board after a couple of laps. When Dani passed I tried to stay with him and also then again when Marc passed me. I tried to pass him some more times to make him nervous but it was impossible, he was much stronger today so we couldn’t do much more. To win the championship is almost impossible but I would like to finish second in the championship and win as many races as possible.”

Valentino Rossi4th / +10.351 / 20 laps

“Today was half and half for me, for sure we improved and made another step, improving the setting of the bike and I was able to be very close to Jorge. It looks like today our competitors had an advantage here; they were able to keep a better rhythm than us. Starting from second I hoped to arrive on the podium but I knew the top three guys were very strong. At the beginning of the race I lost some time as I had a problem with the front brakes. We continue to work and push and fight to be in with the top three.”

Wilco ZeelenbergTeam Manager

“Well, it was a very hot race, especially at the beginning, Jorge made an amazing start again. I think he gave everything he had to fight with Marc but finally it was not enough and he had to let them go for third place. Podiums are always good and sometimes there are races you cannot win, this was one of those.”

Massimo Meregalli Team Director

“The weekend didn’t go as we expected. We suffered a drop off in tyre life and we couldn’t ride the bikes as we needed to. We tried hard to make the best setting to be fast and consistent but unfortunately we still needed something more. We won’t give up until the end and fortunately there is one race in a week’s time. We would like to have our revenge so we are really looking forward to Phillip Island.”

Results

1. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 40’45.191

2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 2.757

3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing + 6.669

4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing + 10.351

5. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini + 22.149

6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 22.301

7. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 30.864

8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team + 45.111

9. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar + 59.264

10. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Ignite Pramac Racing Team + 1’01.417

11. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens + 1’03.665

12. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar + 1’14.256

13. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1’21.603

14. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens + 1’27.976

15. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1’29.442

16. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project + 1’29.551

17. Luca Scassa (ITA) Cardion AB Motoracing + 1’47.930

18. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini + 1’52.927

19. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport Not classified (8 laps)

20. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project Not classified (9 laps)

21. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team Not classified (12 laps)

22. Damian Cudlin (AUS) Paul Bird Motorsport Not classified (13 laps)

23. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team Not classified (14 laps)

 

Championship Standings

1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 298

2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 255

3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 244

4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 198

5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 166

6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 136

7. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 135

8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 120

9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 102

10. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 89

11. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 83

12. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing 50

13. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 47

14. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 32

15. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 29

16. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 27

17. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 23

18. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Ignite Pramac Racing Team 17

19. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 13

20. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 11

21. Ben Spies (USA) Pramac Racing Team 9

22. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 5

23. Alex De Angelis (RSM) Ignite Pramac Racing 5

24. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 3

25. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2

26. Javier Del Amor (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1

Triple-Header Action Kicks Off in Sepang

Rossi at Sepang
Rossi at Sepang

Triple-Header Action Kicks Off in Sepang

The first of the three overseas triple-header weekend’s kicked off today in Sepang with the first two free practice sessions for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi made solid improvements over the two practice sessions to wrap up the day in fourth in the combined times. The Italian made a 0.5 second improvement over the two sessions and finished 0.115 seconds behind Cal Crutchlow in third.

Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo had a tougher first day in Sepang. The Mallorcan struggled to find an optimum set up for the Malaysian circuit with mid-corner grip issues affecting his final times. He completed the first day in fifth overall, 0.085 seconds behind his teammate Rossi.

Valentino Rossi4th / 2’01.538 / 18 laps

“For me personally, especially this afternoon, it was a good practice because we improved the setting of the bike a lot. We improved with the new tyre and with the old tyre I can stay with a good pace so I feel better on the bike. For sure we have to improve, but this afternoon I feel good. It seems our competitors are a little faster than us but I will try 100% because in the last races Jorge is always there fighting at the front. It will be hard but we have to concentrate on the bike. We are not very far but we have a small gap to recover.”

Jorge Lorenzo 5th / 2’01.623 / 14 laps

“We are investigating what happened today because I didn’t have confidence in the middle of the corners and also with acceleration. I had a lot of spinning and the bike is very aggressive so we have to see what we can change for tomorrow to try to get back a good feeling with the bike again.”

Wilco Zeelenberg Team Manager

“A difficult first practice for us here in Sepang, we struggled a bit to find grip. We need to find out what is going on through the data; we don’t have an answer yet. We need to try to get it on the table before tomorrow morning so we can make the next step in the third practice.”

Massimo MeregalliTeam Director

“Today didn’t go as we wanted and as we expected. Anyway, we got a lot of data that we can study and for sure we will use it to improve a set up that is now not perfect. We are pretty confident that with the data and the rider comments we can analyse the issues and put together a different set up that will enable Jorge and Vale to get a better consistent pace and speed.”

Combined Free Practice Times

1. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 2’00.554
2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 2’01.087
3. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 2’01.423
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 2’01.538
5. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 2’01.623
6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2’01.659
7. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 2’01.727
8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 2’02.373
9. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 2’02.487
10. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 2’02.551
11. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 2’02.610
12. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 2’02.819
13. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 2’03.225
14. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2’03.574
15. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Ignite Pramac Racing Team 2’03.780
16. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 2’03.922
17. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 2’04.273
18. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2’04.703
19. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 2’04.965
20. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 2’05.319
21. Luca Scassa (ITA) Cardion AB Motoracing 2’05.598
22. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2’06.538
23. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project 2’07.024
24. Damian Cudlin (AUS) Paul Bird Motorsport 2’07.122

MotoGP Action Begins in Aragon

Yamaha Team at Aragon
Yamaha Team at Aragon

MotoGP Action Begins in Aragon

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi got down to business again today in the first two free practice sessions for this weekend’s Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon.

Fresh from his two consecutive race victories, reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo was quick to make his intentions clear in the morning session – challenging championship rival Marc Marquez for the top spot on the timesheets – and eventually emerging the faster at the end of the 45 minute session with a 1’49.753. The afternoon saw the competition catch up as the times dropped into the 1’48s, Lorenzo eventually wrapping up day one in fourth place overall, 0.418 from the top.

Rossi was quickly up to a competitive pace in the first session, the nine-time world champion completing the morning practice in fifth position, 0.746 seconds from the front. The Italian then struggled with a number of different issues in the afternoon, including a brake problem and a lack of grip which prevented both him and teammate Lorenzo from realising their full potential. Rossi finished the day in seventh, 0.922 seconds from the top.

Jorge Lorenzo 4th / 1’49.405 / 17 laps

“We hoped to improve the bike from the morning but we couldn’t do it. I have a worse feeling than when we were here for the test. We have to keep working to improve the bike and the pace. The other riders are improving their pace a lot but we are optimistic. We can improve the bike and make another step. We need to be competitive whether it is hot or not.”

Valentino Rossi7th / 1.49.909 / 16 laps

“We struggled more than we expected. In the test the track had different conditions and more grip, the temperature was lower and it was better. Today we suffered quite a lot, especially this afternoon I had quite a lot of issues, especially one with the brakes and I lost nearly half the practice. At the end I used the second bike and made some laps to find the rhythm. We have to improve and go faster but at this moment after some laps the rear tyre starts to slide a lot and the bike becomes difficult to control.”

Wilco Zeelenberg Team Manager

“The first day of Aragon and sunny conditions but we are not completely satisfied. The rider has complained that the grip drops really quickly. We need to try and improve tyre life; that is high on his wish list. The lap times are quite close but we can do better.”

 Massimo Meregalli Team Director

“We didn’t expect a start like today. Unfortunately the bike didn’t work as it did during the test. The track conditions were completely different. We have a lot of work to do to improve the bike, the grip levels on the track are not good, one more day will make it much better. We will analyse the data, compare it with the riders’ feedback and come back tomorrow to make another step forward.”

Combined Free Practice Times

1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’48.987
2. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 1’49.119
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’49.254
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’49.405
5. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’49.763
6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’49.840
7. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’49.909
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 1’50.034
9. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 1’50.055
10. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 1’50.446
11. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 1’50.727
12. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1’50.913
13. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’50.944
14. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Ignite Pramac Racing Team 1’51.345
15. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’51.461
16. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 1’51.699
17. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 1’51.970
18. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’52.020
19. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 1’52.121
20. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’53.220
21. Luca Scassa (ITA) Cardion AB Motoracing 1’53.338
22. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’53.557
23. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project 1’54.793
24. Damian Cudlin (AUS) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’55.343

Yamaha Return to Spain

Aragon
Aragon

Yamaha Return to Spain for the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon

Fresh from two consecutive race victories in Silverstone and Misano, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team are now returning to Spain for the third ‘home’ race of the year for defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo, the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon at the Motorland circuit in Aragon.

Lorenzo has yet to take a victory at the track, scoring a third place podium in 2011 and improving to finish second last year. Fresh from his two consecutive race wins, the reigning world champion is aiming to take a third win as he fights to retain his title.

Teammate Valentino Rossi has yet to be on podium at Aragon, scoring a highest place finish of sixth in 2010, his last visit to Aragon on a Yamaha. The Italian will be looking to make the most of an improved bike set up following the recent Misano test to claim his first Aragon podium finish.

Situated in hills near the town of Alcaniz, Aragon is a relatively new circuit to the calendar having completed construction in time to host its first Grand Prix race in 2010. The Hermann Tilke designed circuit is 5.077km in length with an impressive straight that runs for just under a kilometre. There are plenty of elevation changes through the first series of turns and a wide track for overtaking opportunities.

Jorge Lorenzo

“I’m really looking forward to going to Aragon because in that track we did a very good test before the Assen Grand Prix. In those tests we were the fastest and now we have an even better bike. I’m looking forward to getting to know our new level at the circuit. I feel very good physically and also the last Misano test went very well for us, so I’m going to Aragon feeling positive.”

Valentino Rossi

“After doing a test, I am always very curious to go to the next race. The Misano test was very positive. We improved various aspects so I want to see if we are able to make a further step on race. My goal is always to fight with Jorge, Dani and Marc. In recent tests done at Aragon, Jorge and I made good times with the M1. The bike worked well so we are eager to go on to this circuit.”

Wilco ZeelenbergTeam Manager

“Motorland has always been a challenge for us the last couple of years but after winning the last two races it is a great motivation to go there and find the secrets from Aragon. When we tested there we went in the right way so let’s see what we can deliver there. Jorge is now in a very good shape and the bike is also improved a lot. Our motivation is not the problem but the secret of the track is always difficult to be achieved. Let’s go to find it out!”

Massimo Meregalli Team Director

“We’re going to Aragon with great expectations. We made two good private tests and the last one at Misano gave satisfactory results. Aragon has never been one of our best tracks but what we found during the last test there was very positive. Both riders were very strong and that is why we want to continue the positive series of races and reduce the gap between Jorge and Marquez.”

Yamaha Complete Successful One-Day Test in Misano

Lorenzo Misano Test
Lorenzo Misano Test

Yamaha Complete Successful One-Day Test in Misano

Following straight on from yesterday’s stunning victory by Jorge Lorenzo in the Grand Prix of San Marino, the Yamaha Factory Racing Team were straight back to work this morning.

Riders Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi spent the day evaluating an engine spec for the 2014 YZR-M1 along with a number of setting options on the current 2013 machine ahead of next week’s Aragon Grand Prix race.

The test proved to be a positive one, the riders completing an exhausting 142 laps between them. At the end of the session Lorenzo sat in second on the timesheets with a 1’33.502 and Rossi was not far behind in third with a 1’33.660.

Jorge Lorenzo 2nd / 1:33.502 / 67 laps

“Happily we got a great sunny session. The weather was perfect to test and we were able to make many laps to check our latest issues on the bike. We were pretty focused on the settings thinking about the next race at Motorland in a couple of weeks and we found some good feelings. We also tested a new spec engine for 2014 that worked really well and we are quite happy with the result. Furthermore there were some new pieces for 2013 but small details to improve our performance. Nevertheless the most important issue was to work on the next GP in Aragon, another good challenge for us, especially because in the last years we’ve struggled a bit.”

Valentino Rossi3rd / 1:33.660 / 75 laps

“Fortunately it was a good day, the weather was good. It was important to make a day of testing at Misano like this, because we had much we needed to try. I used the race bike and a bike where there was also something new for next year. At the end it has been a good test. It was important because we found some improvements in some points of view, small details but a good way to continue. We made a lot of comparisons between the two but at the end more or less the performance is very similar. Now a few days of rest and then we will be ready for Aragon!”

Massimo Meregalli Team Director

“Fortunately, the weather has allowed us to do a good job today in Misano. The main goal we had marked for today was to test the 2014 prototype engine and seek all the information that the Japanese needed without any problem and we focused also on some settings already thinking about the next race at Motorland, including a larger brake disc. Now we look forward to reaching Aragon to continue our fight for the championship.”

Test Times

1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’33.264
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’33.502
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’33.660
4. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’33.780
5. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’33.877
6. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’33.892
7. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 1’34.015
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 1’34.118
9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 1’34.252
10. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 1’34.378
11. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’34.414
12. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing 1’34.652
13. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Suzuki Test Team 1’35.097
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 1’35.501
15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 1’35.671
16. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Ignite Pramac Racing Team 1’36.277
17. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1’36.348
18. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’36.402
19. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’36.540
20. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’37.699
21. Michele Magnoni (ITA) Came IodaRacing Project 1’39.107

Lorenzo Delivers with Masterful Misano Victory

Lorenzo and Rossi
Lorenzo and Rossi

Lorenzo Delivers with Masterful Misano Victory

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a masterful performance today to win the San Marino Grand Prix in stunning form. The victory, his sixth successive Italian Grand Prix win, was delivered after a 28 lap race of inch perfect riding from the reigning world champion.

Starting from second on the grid, Lorenzo out dragged championship rival and pole sitter Marc Marquez to the first corner, taking the hole shot into turn one. He proved immediately impossible to follow, opening up a gap of just over a second on the first lap and keeping the pressure up as the race wound on. He was quick to build a comfortable gap to the chasing pack that was unbroken to the line, allowing him to claim his fifth Grand Prix win of the season.

Valentino Rossi initially dropped a couple of places to fifth off the start line but was quick to re-pass Aleix Espargaro on the first lap to slot into fourth chasing Marquez and Dani Pedrosa ahead. The Local hero was hot on the tail of Marquez and took advantage of an error by the young Spaniard to dive past up the inside and move into third place chasing Pedrosa. Unfortunately some issues with braking cost some valuable time and Marquez was able to re-pass, leaving Rossi in a lonely fourth position for the remainder of the race to the finish line.

Lorenzo’s stunning victory moves him up into second place in the championship, tied on points with Pedrosa at 219, 34 behind Marquez with five races remaining. Rossi’s fourth place finish keeps him in fourth place in the championship on 169 points, 23 ahead of Cal Crutchlow in fifth.

Jorge Lorenzo1st / 44’05.522 / 28 laps

“Luckily we improved the bike a lot in warm up, especially in braking so we improved the lap time and the pace quite a bit. I was convinced to follow my strategy of the last couple of races which was to try to break away and finally I could do it. The first two laps I had a big advantage so I had to keep pushing to maintain a distance because they never gave up and wanted to catch me. I’m happy, we recovered five points and we are closer to Marc. I need to be constant and try to win races and stay focused.”

Valentino Rossi4th / +15.062 / 28 laps

“All the weekend our performance was quite good, I stayed with the top three and I raised my level, especially in qualifying, I could push stronger with the new tyres and make the first row. The expectation for the race was very high, after the start the top guys were very fast but my fastest lap was close to theirs. Unfortunately after some laps I was in trouble in braking and entering corners. I was struggling in hard braking and made some mistakes going wide and step-by-step they pulled away. I made a small mistake on turn seven and lost two seconds and by then already I had too much disadvantage. It’s a pity because we wanted to try for the podium here in Italy in front of all the fans in Misano. We hope the weather remains good for tomorrow as we have to try some new parts.”

Wilco ZeelenbergTeam Manager

“Day number three here and an incredible race in Misano, our first seamless gearbox victory of the season. Yesterday we didn’t really believe we could do this but after warm up we found a better package. Jorge felt it too and it gave him a lot of motivation. He pulled out the first four or five laps at an incredible pace and I think that made the difference towards the end of the race.”

Massimo MeregalliTeam Director

“It was a great work from Jorge and the whole team this weekend. We started on Friday with problems and have improved step by step in each session. This morning we found in the warm up the best solution to get the feeling back and then Jorge made the difference. He delivered an amazing output with 1.5 seconds after two laps, he maintained a constant pace and dominated the other riders. We were unable to get the podium with Vale. After yesterday afternoon we thought to have both riders on the podium but it was not to be. Tomorrow will be important to test the material we could not test at Brno.”

Results

1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 44’05.522
2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 3.379
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 7.368
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing + 15.062
5. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP + 22.355
6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 22.599
7. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini + 31.059
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team + 42.702
9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team + 44.858
10. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing + 47.818
11. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 48.011
12. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1’03.154
13. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar + 1’07.600
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens + 1’15.528
15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project + 1’17.907
16. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1’29.655
17. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar + 1’33.990
18. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport + 1’36.860
19. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini Not classified (4 laps)
20. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens Not classified (7 laps)
21. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport Not classified (19 laps)
22. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing Not classified (21 laps)
23. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team Not classified (25 laps)
24. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project Not classified (25 laps)

Championship Standings Standings

1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 253
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 219
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 219
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 169
5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 146
6. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 124
7. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 112
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 104
9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 95
10. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 71
11. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 71
12. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing 50
13. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 41
14. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 31
15. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 27
16. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 23
17. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 20
18. Ben Spies (USA) Pramac Racing Team 9
19. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 7
20. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport 7
21. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 6
22. Alex De Angelis (RSM) Ignite Pramac Racing 5
23. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 5
24. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 3
25. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2
26. Javier Del Amor (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1

Strong Start in Misano for Local Hero Rossi

Rossi at Misano
Rossi at Misano

Strong Start in Misano for Local Hero Rossi

Valentino Rossi made a strong start to the San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini Grand Prix weekend today, taking third overall in combined times for the first two free practice sessions.

The local hero was enjoying Yamaha’s new seamless gearbox for the first time in a race weekend situation as he tackled the Misano World circuit under hot and sunny conditions. Rossi completed the morning session in fourth, just over half a second from the front then stepped up the pace in the afternoon session, shaving just under quarter of a second off to finish in third, 0.258 seconds behind Marc Marquez at the front.

Jorge Lorenzo was quick to find a similar pace to teammate Rossi, wrapping up day one in fourth position. The defending world champion was also using the new seamless gearbox as he worked to find an optimum set up for the track. The morning session saw him finish in third, 0.426 seconds from the front and then improve in time in the afternoon to finish 0.295 seconds from Marquez in fourth position.

Valentino Rossi – 3rd / 1’34.458 / 23 laps

“It’s always special and a great feeling to ride here. Today was a good Friday for me, my performance was not so bad. This morning I was already quite fast but especially this afternoon my pace was very good. I was fast from the beginning to the end of the practice and we are very close to the front. Yamaha has made a fantastic job with the gearbox; it is a great help for the riders. It’s not a big advantage with lap time but the bike becomes a lot easier to ride, more stable in acceleration and less wheelie. You can concentrate more on riding, it is less demanding so I think for the race it will be a big help.”

Jorge Lorenzo 4th / 1’34.495 / 19 laps

“We are having some problems to find the best set up on the bike because I felt a little bit worse than the last years here but we are trying to improve it. The new gearbox is working well and I really like it. I’m confident we can go a little faster tomorrow.”

Wilco Zeelenberg Team Manager

“The first day in Misano is done. We need to fix some things on the bike to find a little more confidence on entry and also rear grip is a bit of an issue. We are not far off but we need to improve on some areas. We need to find a couple of tenths of a second but I think we can definitely do that.”

 Massimo MeregalliTeam Director

“We have started very well considering we started using the new transmission today. The feeling of the riders has been great, as good as it was in Brno. They are both really impressed with it and I think the feeling will only get better as they get used to it. This morning we suffered from a lack of grip but we recovered well this afternoon. We are heading in the right direction, we are close and tomorrow we will make another step.”

Combined Free Practice Times

1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’34.200
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’34.233
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’34.458
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’34.495
5. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 1’34.732
6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’34.858
7. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing 1’34.889
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 1’34.901
9. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 1’35.107
10. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’35.208
11. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 1’35.218
12. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 1’35.392
13. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 1’35.933
14. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’36.004
15. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’36.122
16. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’36.181
17. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1’36.198
18. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 1’36.283
19. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 1’36.646
20. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 1’37.310
21. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’37.329
22. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’37.334
23. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’37.722
24. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project 1’38.962

Yamaha Head to Misano in Confident Mood

San Marino
San Marino

Yamaha Head to Misano in Confident Mood

Following a short but well-earned one-week break after an intense three consecutive race weekends, Yamaha Factory Racing now head to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the Grand Prix of San Marino on the 15th September.

Jorge Lorenzo arrives at one of his favourite circuits in confident mood after a stunning victory at Silverstone over Championship rival Marc Marquez.

Lorenzo’s results at the Misano circuit have been consistently impressive, winning for the last two years and taking three consecutive second-place finishes prior to that. He also claims a 250cc win in 2007 meaning he has finished on the podium at Misano every year since 2007.

Valentino Rossi returns to his home race looking forward to riding Misano again on a Yamaha. The nine-time world champion has two premier class MotoGP victories at Misano with Yamaha in 2008 and 2009 and two further podiums, finishing second last year and third in 2010.

Situated on the Adriatic coast close to the city of Rimini, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was first constructed in 1972 and was a frequent host to the Italian Grand Prix in the 80s and 90s. A leave of absence came to an end when the race returned in 2007, with Yamaha proving to be the most successful constructor since that year with four of the six race wins and an unbroken podium run.

Jorge Lorenzo

“I feel strong again like I was at Montmeló and Mugello before the crash. The performance at Silverstone was really good, the only weak point there was the top speed compared to our rivals, but at last we achieved a great victory against Marc. I thought it was pretty difficult to beat him when he overtook me but finally I could get the win and it was fantastic. Misano is a track I enjoy a lot and also the Yamaha is comfortable there. My next goal is to fight for the victory once more and think race by race, improving our pace step by step.”

Valentino Rossi

“Misano is next and it is my home Grand Prix and an important weekend. I like the track, I always go fast there, especially with the Yamaha and last year also I was able to do a very good race. In the past I was always on the podium with Yamaha. We will arrive very strong and we will try to do our best.”

Wilco ZeelenbergTeam Manager

“After the last round in Silverstone we are of course quite motivated for the next race. Jorge likes Misano a lot; he did great races there in the past. I cannot say that our bike is better or worse than our competitors in Misano because finally last year we took the win and Dani had some problems. The most important thing is that Jorge is fit again and is feeling fine so I expect a great challenge at Misano.”

Massimo MeregalliTeam Director

“We are really looking forward to being in Misano. After the Silverstone race we got back a really good perspective and motivation. For me it could be another interesting race and hopefully we can get both riders on the podium. The bike is constantly improving and we are feeling pretty positive. Let’s see on Friday morning when we start the Grand Prix weekend.”

Lorenzo Shines with Stunning Silverstone Victory

Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

Lorenzo Shines with Stunning Silverstone Victory

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a stunning performance today to take victory in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit. The defending world champion made another lightening race start this afternoon, flying from second on the grid to take the hole shot into turn one ahead of arch rival Marc Marquez. Although unable to break away, Lorenzo executed an unbroken string of inch perfect laps to maintain the lead until just three laps from the end when Marquez attempted to take control of the race.

His lead was not to last as Lorenzo fought back a lap later to regain the lead, beginning a battle which was to last to the last corner as the two exchanged places in the fight for the lead. It was Lorenzo who emerged victorious, making the definitive move just two corners from the end and holding the tighter line into the last turn to cross the line victorious and claim his fourth win of the season.

Team mate Valentino Rossi made an excellent start from sixth on the grid, initially jumping three places to slot in behind Marquez in third position. Still struggling to find an optimum set up for the first few race laps, the nine-time world champion then slipped back to sixth before mounting his fight back. With 12 laps to go Rossi was swapping positions in a close fight with German rider Stefan Bradl, emerging the victor two laps later and then hunting down Alvaro Bautista in fourth. The battle with Bautista was to begin with just three laps remaining and continue to the finish line, Rossi’s race craft eventually giving him the upper hand and earning him fourth place at the flag.

The results bring Lorenzo five points closer to the championship leader Marquez, the point difference now 39 as Lorenzo sits on 194, just nine points behind Pedrosa in second. Rossi continues in fourth in the standings, now on 156 points and building the gap to Cal Crutchlow in fifth to 20 points.

The next Grand Prix takes place in two weeks time, the San Marino Grand Prix on 15th September.

Jorge Lorenzo1st / 40’52.515 / 20 laps

“This was one of the best races I’ve ever had. I’m really happy and really pleased. It’s a very important win. I pushed from the beginning to try and open a gap, even more than in recent races but it was impossible. Marc never gives up, even if he’s a little bit injured after the warm up. He overtook me three laps from the end so I studied him a little for one lap and I saw he was struggling in some braking so I overtook him on the corner where he crashed. I pushed in the last lap to the maximum, I opened a little gap but I made a mistake in braking and almost crashed. When he overtook me three corners from the end I thought it was over again and second place but then he opened a little gap in the last corner so I thought “now or never” and I tried and got it. To be honest I’m not thinking about the championship, I’m thinking just to enjoy this victory which was very special to get then focus on Misano!”

Valentino Rossi4th / +13.233 / 20 laps

“For me this result is a bit more positive than in Brno. Every time I come here I have a bad result, this time we worked in a different and better way. The fourth place is better than in Brno, but it is still a fourth place. Unfortunately I made a good start but in the first laps the other guys between the second and seventh lap were a lot faster than me, but the second half of the race was not so bad. We will continue to work hard, we never give up and are not so far now. We have a constant pace and we are nearly there but we need to go a bit faster, we still have to work to improve our pace. We made a modification between warm up and the race that gave me a better feeling with the front.”

Wilco Zeelenberg Team Manager

“It was fantastic to see the final race from the triple in a row go our way. It was hard to fight for so many laps in the lead and every time get third, but this race he rode like an animal! He gave his best and the last lap was amazing, he deserved this victory. The team worked very hard to prepare the bike he finally raced with. We improved in the braking zone and I think working and listening together we were able to give him what he deserved today.”

Massimo MeregalliTeam Director

“Even though it was a really hard and tough race Jorge still won it. I think he did a great and fantastic job. We put a lot of effort into this weekend and he put in a lot of effort too so we could beat our competitors in an incredible last lap. It has been a really nice race to watch. We knew that Silverstone was going to be a good circuit for us and we are really happy to leave here with this big win. We have taken back a lot of positive spirit and we are looking forward to Misano. I want to say a big thank you to the guys who made this possible and we will keep pushing as the target of the Championship is still there. It’s been another challenging race for Valentino but nevertheless he was able to get a good fourth place. Now we head to Misano, Valentino’s home race, and we will again do our outmost to give him the best possible bike to fight for the podium.”

Results

1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 40’52.515
2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 00.081
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 1.551
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing + 13.233
5. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini + 13.298
6. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP + 20.227
7. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 26.299
8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team + 35.993
9. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 36.119
10. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar + 53.196
11. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team + 59.058
12. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing + 1’00.710
13. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens + 1’01.690
14. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1’01.843
15. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project + 1’08.833
16. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar + 1’09.063
17. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing + 1’16.474
18. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens + 1’16.535
19. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport + 1’32.057
20. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport + 1’36.224
21. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini + 2’00.635
22. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team Not classified (2 laps)
23. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project Not classified (19 laps)

Championship Standings Standings

1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 233
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 203
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 194
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 156
5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 136
6. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 113
7. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 103
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 96
9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 88
10. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 68
11. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 66
12. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing 44
13. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 41
14. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 27
15. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 27
16. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 22
17. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 20
18. Ben Spies (USA) Pramac Racing Team 9
19. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 7
20. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport 7
21. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 5
22. Alex De Angelis (RSM) Ignite Pramac Racing 5
23. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 4
24. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 3
25. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2
26. Javier Del Amor (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1

Superb Start for Lorenzo at Silverstone

Superb Start for Lorenzo at Silverstone

Lorenzo at Silverstone
Lorenzo at Silverstone

Defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo made a strong start to this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone in today’s two free practice sessions. The Mallorcan wrapped up day one as the fastest rider overall, 0.224 seconds clear of closest rival Marc Marquez. His fastest time of 2’02.734 seconds takes him underneath the fastest race lap of last year’s Grand Prix, set by himself. Lorenzo led the entire second session and completed the morning practice in second, 0.219 seconds behind Marquez.

Valentino Rossi made big steps forward over the course of today. The Italian nine-time world champion was 0.866 seconds off the fastest lap in the morning session in sixth place with a 2’04.682 lap. Some hard work over the day saw him improve by over a second to complete the afternoon practice in fifth with a 2’03.480 second lap.

Jorge Lorenzo – 1st / 2’02.734 / 18 laps

“I started very fast because I improved almost one second and a half in the beginning; I was surprised with the improvement. At this track, when the rear tyre starts to drop it’s very difficult to keep the same pace so we have to work hard to make a constant bike that works over long distance. I’m satisfied because I think we have the possibility to fight for the victory this time.”

Valentino Rossi5th / 2’03.480 / 18 laps

“I enjoyed today a lot, this track is great. If you are able to ride at the limit and have a good feeling with the bike, it’s very funny because it’s very fast, the track is so wide you go a lot of time at full throttle. I’m quite happy with the first day, especially because in the last two years I suffered a lot here in Silverstone. We made a good step, but we still have to work to find the right setting to have a good balance form the beginning to the end of the race. I’m not so bad in braking and entry but I have some problems in other areas so we have to work. We modified the setting from Brno because in the last two races I wasn’t strong enough.”

Wilco ZeelenbergTeam Manager

“A very good first day. First of all because the weather is very stable and it’s a nice temperature compared with last year which helps the lap times. The pace is already there so it looks like we have to make some small adjustments but the bike feels good and we are looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.”

Massimo MeregalliTeam Director

“After a few Grand Prix we start this weekend in a really different way. We have been really fast since the beginning and the most important thing is the pace is really good. Both riders are quite satisfied with their set up, we know that we have to improve and we know which area to do it in. We also tested both tyre choices so we have completed a lot of work. We are pretty focused and we are very optimistic about the race.”

Combined Free Practice Times

1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 2’02.734
2. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 2’02.958
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 2’03.192
4. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2’03.463
5. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 2’03.480
6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 2’03.505
7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 2’03.658
8. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 2’03.750
9. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 2’03.784
10. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 2’04.089
11. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 2’04.145
12. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport 2’04.476
13. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 2’05.052
14. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 2’05.069
15. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 2’05.266
16. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing 2’05.438
17. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2’05.484
18. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2’05.506
19. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 2’05.657
20. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 2’05.977
21. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 2’06.038
22. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2’07.854
23. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project 2’09.209