MotoGP: Round #5 Movistar Yamaha Race Report - Le Mans

Tip #144 from the pages of The Total Motorcycling Manual

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi has taken his second consecutive second place finish in the 2014 MotoGP Championship at the Le Mans circuit in France for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

The Doctor enjoyed one of the most exciting races of the season so far having fought from his fifth place grid position start to lead the race in the early laps. Quickly into third position, Rossi was then able to hunt down and outmaneuver rivals Stefan Bradl and then race leader Andrea Dovizioso to take the lead with 25 laps remaining. The nine-time world champion rode to the limit and had increased the lead to nearly a second before chasing rider Marc Marquez began to close in.  With 16 laps to go Rossi ran wide into the last chicane, allowing Marquez past. He tucked in behind and was able to keep a gap to third place to the line, taking his third podium finish of the year with second place.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo endured a tough Le Mans race. Starting from sixth on the grid, he was firmly placed in the hectic mid-pack for the opening lap in seventh position. The double premier class world champion was able to make passes on first Alvaro Bautista and then fellow Yamaha rider Bradley Smith to secure fifth position with 24 laps to run. He then spent some laps switching between fifth and sixth as he was first passed by Marquez, then recovered ground by Dovizioso before allowing Bautista back past again. A fifth place looked possible as he passed Bradl with 13 laps remaining but it was not to be as Dani Pedrosa was able to make a move four laps later, relegating him to sixth at the line.

Rossi’s third podium of the year adds 20 points to his score, putting him on 81 points, now just two behind Pedrosa in second. Lorenzo takes ten points, keeping him in fifth on 45 points, eight behind Dovizioso in third.

MotoGP now moves to Italy for Rossi’s home race in Mugello in two weeks time.

Valentino Rossi Podium shot

Valentino Rossi #46:

2nd / +1.486 / 28 laps

“For sure I’m very happy about the race and the result. I made a very good start and when I saw Dovi and Bradl in front I knew I could go faster than them so I overtook. I got in front and tried as hard as possible but it was more difficult with the front today, maybe because the asphalt was hot. Anyway I tried the maximum and my pace was not so bad. I was waiting for Marc or Jorge and Dani to arrive, when Marc arrived I tried to push a lot to stay on the 1’34.0 to make the work difficult for him but in the crucial moment of the race I made a mistake in braking. I braked a little bit too deep and went wide. It's a great pity as it was too easy for Marc. If not we could have fought a little bit because today I was not so bad, difficult to beat but for sure more fun. I hoped he would wait for me but... he didn't! We’ll have to try again next week in Mugello, I want to do a good weekend and try to fight with him another time. I’m happy because my target is to be competitive, to stay with the front and fight with them. At this moment I’m not able to win a race but I am always there and I’m enjoying it very much.”

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

6th / +7.088 / 28 laps

“Well, I expected much more of both qualifying and the race because the pace I had shown throughout the different sessions was good. The start was not so bad but I could not overtake any rider in the early laps and it left me riding with not such a good pace, I tried but no luck. I am convinced that our opportunity will arrive soon because we are working well and more and more times we are ahead during the grand prix. Now I’m just thinking about preparing the next race in Mugello.”

Massimo Meregalli:

“That was a really impressive race for Vale even though Marquez won. He made a really good start, worked hard for the lead and just made a little mistake when Marquez was on him. This podium is the result of good work all weekend; the mechanics, engineers and of course Vale put together a good package to achieve it. It is unfortunate that Jorge was unable to finish higher than he did, he also worked hard with his team in all practices and the package looked good for the race following the final warm up this morning. Now we look to Mugello, our first "home" race of the year. It’s a big race for Vale in front of his home crowd and also a big race for Jorge as he has won there for the last few years.”

RACE RESULTS:

1.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team     44'03.925

** 2.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    + 1.486**

3.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    + 3.144

4.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    + 3.717

5.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    + 4.077

** 6.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    + 7.088**

7.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    + 11.527

8.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    + 22.103

9.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    + 22.626

10.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    + 23.108

11.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    + 25.780

12.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    + 39.523

13.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing    + 42.544

14.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    + 42.736

15.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    + 56.644

16.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    + 1'14.123

17.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    + 1'19.723

18.    Brok Parkes (AUS)    Paul Bird Motorsport    + 1'30.934

19.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    + 1'34.521

20.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    Not classified (27 laps)

21.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    Not classified (27 laps)

22.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Drive M7 Aspar    Not starting

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

1.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team     125

2.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team     83

** 3.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     81**

4.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team     53

** 5.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     45**

6.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP     39

7.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3     38

8.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing     37

9.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3     34

10.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini     26

11.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing     25

12.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Drive M7 Aspar     23

13.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar     21

14.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini     18

15.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing     16

16.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team     15

17.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing     9

18.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing     7

19.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Came Iodaracing Project     2

20.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing     2

21.    Brok Parkes (AUS)    Paul Bird Motorsport     1

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Valentino Rossi

Jorge Lorenzo

Valentino Rossi celebrates podium finish.