MotoGP: Round #5 Movistar Yamaha Free Practice Report - Le Mans

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were back on track today at the historic Le Mans circuit in France, working through their first free practice sessions ahead of Sunday's Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

Lorenzo was able to make a half second improvement from the morning to the afternoon session as he focused on his set up. He led the second practice for most of the session, only dropping in the last ten minutes as his rivals switched to new rubber. He finished the day in seventh in the combined times, 0.6 seconds from first.

Teammate Rossi had a less fortunate day, the nine time world champion struggling in several set up areas on the notoriously unpredictable French track. Rossi ended the day in 10th place in the combined times, just over a second from the front.

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

7th / 1'34.054 / 21 laps

“I’m satisfied with the pace which is constant and with my riding. We are not in a position that reflects our performance in the time sheets; we were the only one with the same tyre the whole session instead of putting a new tyre on at the end or running an open tire. I think with a new tyre we could have improved half a second at the end.”

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Valentino Rossi #46:

10th / 1'34.498 / 21 laps

“I’m not happy about today, especially this afternoon. I wasn’t able to be strong and near the top. I have a lot of problems with the bike especially in acceleration, I have a big problem to open the throttle because the bike is very nervous. We tried to modify something during the practice but we didn’t fix the problem. I’m too far from the front so for tomorrow we have to check the data and improve to be more competitive; it is important to start in the top five here. The difference between Jerez and here for the settings is unbelievable so we have to change a lot of things. Le Mans is always like this!”

Massimo Meregalli:

“We started today’s first practice with a base set up from our Jerez test last week. The first impressions from the morning were quite good. We then didn't make big changes between the sessions because we were expecting track conditions to improve in the afternoon to suit the setting of the bike better. Unfortunately the track did not improve for us that much. We made a change from the soft front to the medium for the afternoon and adjusted the electronics but we still need to make some steps forward for tomorrow. Jorge was very consistent; his place in the timings doesn’t necessarily reflect his performance. Vale is having more issues with his set up than Jorge so we have some work to do with his set up to be ready to step up for the third practice in the morning.”

FREE PRACTICE 1/2 - COMBINED RESULTS:

1.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'33.452

2.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    1'33.459

3.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'33.668

4.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'33.920

5.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'33.942

6.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    1'34.040

** 7.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'34.054**

8.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'34.117

9.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1'34.134

** 10.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'34.498**

11.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'34.506

12.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1'34.877

13.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    1'34.907

14.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Drive M7 Aspar    1'34.961

15.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1'35.089

16.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    1'35.229

17.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'35.424

18.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    1'35.818

19.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    1'36.418

20.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    1'36.612

21.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'36.742

22.    Brok Parkes (AUS)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'37.136

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