MotoGP: Round #9 Movistar Yamaha Qualifying Report - Sachsenring

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will start tomorrow's Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from the second row of the grid having taken fifth and sixth respectively in today's qualifying session.

Both riders had a good start to the sunny 15-minute qualifying heat, Lorenzo initially taking second and Rossi taking fifth place with their first flying laps. The M1-riders had multiple hot runs to determine their starting position, improving their times by more than 0.3 of a second from this morning’s free practice. Both then unfortunately suffered from a lack of grip with their second qualifying tires, restricting their ability to make a further attack towards the end of qualifying.

Lorenzo had a late start to the qualification session in order to get a flying lap in without any traffic. With eleven minutes to go the Spaniard showed his consistency as he rode a sequence of laps into the 1.21’s and clocked a 1’21.526. With six minutes left of the session he came in for a fresh set of tires to have another go at putting his name at the top of the leading board. Two minutes later he was back on track and able to improve on his time by 0.350 of a second, delivering a session best of 1’21.508 to finish in fifth place.

Teammate Rossi had the opposite approach to the qualifying session. The Italian was one of the first riders to get out on track, but soon returned to the pits after two laps. With eleven minutes remaining he was back on his way and immediately shot up to fifth in the standings with a hot lap of 1’26.651 seconds. With five minutes remaining Rossi had another return to the pit box, before quickly heading out for another hot run. The Doctor wasn’t able to improve on his time during his third stint, and will start tomorrow’s race next to his teammate in sixth place on the grid.

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

5th / 1'21.508 / 10 laps

“Fifth is definitely not what we expected from today's qualifying session, especially because we have a good pace and because we’ve always been in the top three during the weekend. In the qualifying we couldn’t take profit from the new tires and the second tire didn't have the same traction, I don't know why, it was spinning a lot and felt like a different tire. The maximum we could do would have been third or fourth at this track. It’s going to be a very long race, the first lap will be important because it's difficult to overtake here but we will try to get another podium. We are not so bad in pace so let's see if we can stay with the front guys.”

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Valentino Rossi #46:

6th / 1'21.651 / 10 laps

“Fortunately I did quite a good lap with the first tyre. Usually you can go faster with the second tyre by two or three tenths, but there was something wrong with the second one. It didn’t have any grip and it was also very difficult to get the bike back to the box. There was something wrong, so unfortunately I couldn’t push. I’m on the second row and the second row is the limit for a good race. Today we worked well on the bike, we’re not so bad, but for tomorrow it will be hard. Our competitors are very fast so we have to improve."

Massimo Meregalli:

“So far we’ve done a good job with both riders starting from the second row. Unfortunately we weren’t able to improve on the lap time in qualifying with the second tire as for some reason the grip provided by it was not at the same level as the first, making it almost impossible for the riders to improve. It’s going to be a long race and both riders have a good pace so we are confident they can make a strong challenge from the second row. Tomorrow’s warm up will be important as we will try something different with the set up based on the data to try and make another step.”



1.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'20.937

2.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'21.233

3.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    1'21.340


4.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    1'21.376

5.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'21.508

** 6.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'21.651**


7.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    1'21.679

8.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'21.771

9.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'21.794


10.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'21.906

11.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'22.120

12.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Drive M7 Aspar    1'22.647


13.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing    1'22.411

14.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'22.436

15.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    1'22.529


16.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    1'22.659

17.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    1'22.778

18.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'22.845


19.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    1'22.888

20.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    1'23.029

21.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    1'23.423


22.    Brok Parkes (AUS)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'23.428

23.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo Iodaracing Team    1'23.484

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