MotoGP: Round #10 Movistar Yamaha Free Practice Report - Indianapolis

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were back on track today to experience the first sessions ahead of Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Both riders had a cautious start to the first free practice session of the second round in the USA as they tested the refreshed but slightly damp Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The pair soon made progress as they found that the resurfaced track has a lot more grip and the new, smoother fourth section suits the Yamaha, boosting their confidence for good results this weekend.

Lorenzo and Rossi both used the first session to test the medium and the hard tire. Lorenzo found his pace during the second session making an almost 1.5 second improvement from the morning to the afternoon. He ended the day in third with a 1’33.424 second lap set with a hard rear tire.

Teammate Rossi also used a hard rear tire when he topped the morning session. During Free Practice 2 he improved his time by almost a second, finishing in 9th place with a lap of 1’33.598.

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

3rd / 1'33.424 / 17 laps

“Finally the resurfaced track doesn't seem so bad. The three corners that were in the past maybe a little bit too slow we don't have to use first gear for now so we don't lose so much speed on our competitors. Last year the bumps were quite bad, now the resurfacing of the track means they are gone. We were the only ones to start the second practice with the soft rear tire, the other ones took the old one from the morning so they could use a new soft tire at the end. Finally we tried the hard option and it was ok, so it could be the tire for the Sunday.”

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Valentino Rossi #46:

9th / 1'33.598 / 22 laps

“The new lay-out of the track is good. I like it! It’s better than the old lay-out and especially the asphalt and the quality of the surface is a lot better, so it’s good. It’s easier to ride the bike because it has more grip. Here it’s difficult to decide on a tire, because both the medium and the harder tire are not bad. The softer tire is a bit faster, but it will be difficult to make it last for the whole race, so we have to try to decide. I tried to put the softer tyre in on the end of the session and I improved my lap time. From the third position all riders are very close so I will have to do better!”

Massimo Meregalli:

“We were pretty satisfied this morning and both riders had good comments about the layout and the track surface. As the times dropped this afternoon we were able to see where we need to improve our set up so we are now working on solutions for FP3 for tomorrow. Tires are going to be very important this weekend, Both Jorge and Vale evaluated both the softer and harder option but we are yet to make a decision. We have some set up changes to make in the morning to make another step and then I’m confident we will be ready to tackle qualifying and the race on Sunday.”


1.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'32.882

2.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    1'33.104

3.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'33.424

4.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'33.432

5.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'33.493

6.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    1'33.513

7.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing    1'33.53

8.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    1'33.58

9.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'33.598

10.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'33.621

11.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'33.690

12.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'33.971

13.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    1'33.996

14.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'34.054

15.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    1'34.912

16.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing    1'34.99

17.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    1'35.106

18.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    1'35.231

19.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'35.472

20.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo Iodaracing Team    1'35.721

21.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    1'35.749

22.    Brok Parkes (AUS)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'35.941

23.    Leon Camier (GBR)    Drive M7 Aspar    1'36.394

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