MotoGP: Round #12 Movistar Yamaha Free Practice Report - Great Britain

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were back on track in Great Britain today as the first free practice sessions got underway for this Sunday's British Grand Prix.

The sessions proved to be challenging for both riders due to the tires provided,  with chatter preventing them from finding an optimum set up on the Silverstone circuit. Lorenzo ended the first session in 7th and the second in 11th to finish the day 11th overall in the combined times with a best lap of 2’03.500 seconds.

Teammate Rossi wrapped up the morning in 8th and the afternoon in 13th to take 13th in the combined times with a best lap of 2’03.952.

The team will continue to work through the evening to prepare solutions for the next practice session at 09.55hrs local time tomorrow.

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

11th / 2'03.500 / 14 laps

“We only have one problem, it seems Bridgestone has brought the same tires that we had in the first races so we have the same problems as then. We have no grip to stop the bike, no grip in the middle of the corner and no traction so we have a lot of spinning and the negative point is it creates problem on the front. No grip on the rear doesn't give us the balance in the middle of the corner which means we have to lean less and have lower speed. All the Yamaha riders are the same, we have similar problems. It seems that with this tyre we have now it's very difficult for us. Of course we are going to try everything to solve this problem, we have to try to manage the situation, the tires will be the same all weekend so we have to adapt to it. It seems it's going to be a hard weekend for the Yamaha riders.”

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Valentino Rossi #46:

13th / 2'03.952 / 15 laps

“We expected to be faster and more competitive but we are struggling a lot. This morning in first practice was not fantastic but also not so bad, I was not so far from the other guys but I didn't like the feeling in the bike on the front. For the afternoon we worked a lot on the setting on the weight distribution to help on the corners but it looks like we took the wrong direction. I didn't have a good feeling with the bike, when we enter the corner I don't have a feeling with the front and also I have a vibration and not enough grip. I lose a lot of corner speed on entry and I was quite slow. We will continue to modify the bike in another way and we will take some data for tomorrow to try something completely different to understand if we can go faster.”

Massimo Meregalli:

“Today wasn't the start we expected to have. Both Jorge and Vale have similar issues with chattering and being able to hold the racing line so we have quite some work to do for tomorrow. We weren’t able to find solutions in time for the sessions but we will continue to work this evening. We will be ready to make a step forward in the next free practice and bring them closer to the front. We know we can perform well at this track so we’re confident we can improve. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.”


1.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    2'02.126

2.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    2'02.635

3.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    2'03.011

4.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    2'03.070

5.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing    2'03.327

6.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2'03.333

7.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    2'03.353

8.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2'03.391

9.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    2'03.410

10.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Forward Racing    2'03.468

** 11.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    2'03.500**

12.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    2'03.542

** 13.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    2'03.952**

14.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    2'04.057

15.    Alex De Angelis (RSM)    NGM Forward Racing    2'04.411

16.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    2'04.762

17.    Leon Camier (GBR)    Drive M7 Aspar    2'04.928

18.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    2'05.002

19.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo IodaRacing Team    2'05.827

20.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    2'06.335

21.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    2'06.369

22.    Brok Parkes (AUS)    Paul Bird Motorsport    2'07.855

23.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    2'08.397

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