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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Starts Action at Sachsenring

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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi enjoyed a positive start to the German GP at Sachsenring today, securing fourth and seventh respectively in the combined free practice session times.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi showed a competitive pace during the first free practice sessions ahead of this weekend’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. Both riders were fast to find their rhythm in the quite cool conditions to take fourth and seventh respectively in the combined times.

Lorenzo was calm and collected as he prepared for this weekend’s German GP. He was quick to find his pace in the morning session, taking over the provisional top spot from his teammate ten minutes into the session. He continued to post lap times within the 1’22s, to conclude the morning in seventh position with a 1’22.445.

The Spaniard again displayed his determination in the afternoon session. He was one of the first riders out on track and led the session until the pace quickened a little less than ten minutes into the session. Lorenzo continued to work hard on his setting and soon dropped under the 1’22 mark. His fastest time of 1’21.886 puts him in fourth place in today’s combined times, 0.265s from first.

Sticking to the same approach he had at the previous GP weekend, teammate Rossi was quick to position himself as a key protagonist in Free Practice 1. He rode his YZR-M1 to the top of the time sheets on his first flying lap. As the session progressed he focused on improving his setting and ended the morning practice with a best time of 1’22.102 for second place.

Rossi used the second session to further improve his set-up and test the asymmetrical front tyre brought by Bridgestone to match Sachsenring’s layout of ten left and three right corners and the expected temperature variations for this weekend. The Italian rider didn’t improve on his morning time and ended the first day of practice in seventh position in the overall standings, 0.481s from first.

Jorge Lorenzo

4th / 1’21.886 / 41 laps

“In the first practice I found some problems, especially in sector one. The electronics weren’t perfect going into the first corner and we improved it. I had a much better feeling in this sector after that in T1, and also in general all over the track, so we are much closer to the top guys. Tomorrow we have another session to try, so let’s see if we can improve the bike even more.”

Valentino Rossi

7th / 1’22.102 / 52 laps

“Today wasn’t so bad because we started quite strong this morning. In the afternoon it became a bit more difficult, because the temperature rose and that made it harder to control the bike that started sliding more. We worked well and were able to improve the setting. I did the best time for the last section with a tyre that had already done more than twenty laps, considering this we’ve made a good step forward. I’m happy because we start with a good setting but now we have to improve a lot of small details. My pace isn’t so bad, but it’s also not fantastic so we have to try to do better. I decided to use the asymmetric tyre for the entire afternoon session and the first feeling was good. It had good grip, both left and right, and the performance of the tyre is consistent for 25 laps.”

Massimo Meregalli – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director

“Considering that Sachsenring is one of the most challenging tracks on the MotoGP calendar, today’s results are quite good and we are feeling comfortable. We identified areas were we have to improve and we will try to prepare something for tomorrow’s Free Practice 3 with the intention to improve both the speed and the consistency. These amendments will be very important to prepare ourselves for the race and qualifying. To start from the front is fundamental for Sunday, but we are confident that we will be ready.”

Smith shines on the opening day at the Sachsenring

Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team rider Bradley Smith battled the wind at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland to conclude the opening day of MotoGP action with a highly impressive finish of 2nd position. The British rider kicked off his weekend by undertaking a shake down with his Yamaha YZR-M1 in preparation for the 30 lap sprint on Sunday and completed the FP1 session in 13th. When the afternoon practice started, he continued to adjust the setup and assess the tyre options before undertaking a total of 27 laps around the 3.7 kilometre circuit. By the fall of the chequered flat, he had set a blistering time of 1’21.740 which left him only 0.119 from the top of the heap. His performance now leaves him confident of surging to a strong grid position in the all-important qualifying session tomorrow.

On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team garage, Pol Espargaro opened his 2015 MotoGP campaign at the Sachsenring by completing the first day of action in 13th place in the combined standings. The young Spaniard began the initial shake down in FP1 with a run to 12th position after suffering an unfortunate fall at the notoriously difficult turn 11. However, he sprinted back to the pits and leapt onto his second Yamaha YZR-M1 before concluding the session in this placement. When free practice two began, he continued his work at the tight and twisting German track as he undertook a total of 21 laps before finishing with a best time of 1’22.436, leaving him in 13th. Nevertheless, this lap left him just over six tenths of a second back from third and he now looks onwards to tomorrow where he intends to snatch a top starting position for the ninth round battle on Sunday.

Bradley Smith

2nd / 1’21.740 / 52 laps

“It was a positive start to the weekend and I am feeling comfortable on the bike already. The base setting seems to be working well at this race track and I am looking forward to getting back out tomorrow and continuing this form. In addition, I’m happy about our showing today especially after the difficult time that we had last year. We were able to assess quite a lot of different front tyre options today and now we pretty much have everything clear for the race with regards to tyre choice. There are a few small details that we need to improve, which I noticed when I was following some other riders. Furthermore, I’m happy with how the bike handles the first and third sectors, but we need to make a few adjustments in order to improve in the other two. All in all, to be second at the end of day one is a strong start and now we need to keep this momentum for tomorrow, because qualifying is always so important at this circuit.”

Pol Espargaro

13th / 1’22.436 / 41 laps

“It goes without saying that it has been quite a tricky opening day to the weekend. Unfortunately I crashed this morning, which meant that we lost a pair of tyres so I had to start the afternoon session with a used set. Still, our rhythm was really promising as I was running in 8th position despite the fact that the tyres had reached almost race distance. However, I then entered the pits and changed tyres for the final run but when I returned to the track, my feeling on the bike was just not the same anymore. This happened to Bradley in Assen and also to us quite a few times this year, yet it’s always better to have something like this happen on a Friday instead of later on in the weekend. Nevertheless, I am happy with how the bike is working even though we still have a degree of improvement to make in some areas. Most importantly, we have to be wise tomorrow because we now have one set of tyres less but we are still confident of clinching a strong result here this weekend in Germany.”

Baz and Corti debutted at Sachsenring

It was a very intense first day of work for the Athinà Forward Racing team on the Sachsenring circuit which this week hosts the ninth race of the 2015 season, the last before the usual summer break.

Loris Baz, debuting on the German track, improved his lap time by over two seconds in the afternoon session after struggling in the first stint in the morning. He finished close to the other Open bikes and ended 19th in the combined timesheets. The Frenchman is confident for qualifying, where the aim is to fight for the lead in the class.

Today saw also a positive start for Claudio Corti, who returned to MotoGP for the first time since a year and a half. The rider from Como replaces local idol Stefan Bradl, who still recovering after last week surgery to his right scaphoid, this weekend and was more than a second and a half quicker at the end of second free practice session. Corti had a good feeling and will make the most of the coming free practices to adjust the front to his riding style.

Loris Baz

19th / 1’23.344 / 48 laps

“It was a day of work aimed to become familiar with the track. The circuit is difficult to master, very technical with many blind corners. Although we are a little off the usual positions, I am satisfied overall. We made an important step forward since this morning and I’m confident for tomorrow.”

Claudio Corti

25th / 1’25.160 / 43 laps

“Overall it was a positive day. I made the most of free practice in the morning to get to grips with the bike trying not to make mistakes. In the afternoon I pushed more and I improved my best time by over a second and a half. I have a completely different riding style compared to Stefan and I have to change the whole front setting. The feeling is good, the bike is easier to ride than I thought and I’m sure we can do a good job for qualifying with the team. I believe that I can still improve and shorten the gap to make a good race.”

2015 MotoGP Germany

Sachsenring 10/07/2015

1 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 1’21.621
2 Bradley Smith Yamaha GBR 1’21.740
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 1’21.824
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 1’21.886
5 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 1’21.889
6 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki ESP 1’22.095
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 1’22.102
8 Scott Redding Honda GBR 1’22.167
9 Yonny Hernandez Ducati COL 1’22.196
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 1’22.340
11 Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 1’22.413
12 Cal Crutchlow Honda GBR 1’22.425
13 Pol Espargaro Yamaha ESP 1’22.436
14 Maverick Viñales Suzuki ESP 1’22.507
15 Danilo Petrucci Ducati ITA 1’22.546
19 Loris Baz Yamaha FRA 1’23.344
25 Claudio Corti Forward Yamaha ITA 1’25.160

Circuit Length:
3671

Lap Record:
1’21.846
(Daniel Pedrosa, 1-1-2011)

Fastest Lap Ever:
1’20.937
(Marc Marquez, 13-7-2014)

Last Years Winner:
Marc Marquez