MotoGP: Round #15 - Movistar Yamaha Free Practice Report - Motegi

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Yamaha Movistar Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi kicked off the first of the three overseas triple-header weekend’s with a flying start in the first practices for this Sunday’s Grand Prix of Japan.

Lorenzo remained calm and collected while he focused on staying ahead of his rivals. The Aragón race winner took his time at the start of the morning Free Practice session to warm up the bigger carbon brake disks, which are obligatory this year because of the Twin Ring Motegi circuit’s heavy braking character. Throughout the session the Spaniard was able to gradually improve his times and topped the standings with a 1’45.838 lap in the final minute.

The second 45 minutes session also saw him directly on the pace, posting multiple 1’45 laps to comfortably claim second place. His fastest lap of 1’45.580 was just four-tenths from the leader and leaves him second in the overall times.

Teammate Rossi showed that the heavy crash at Aragón has not slowed him down. Though heavy braking is challenging with his finger injury, the nine-time World Champion decided to ride without anesthetic injections and still managed to be at the top of the time sheets as the morning session began. The Doctor led the standings twice before finishing fifth with a lap of 1’46.184, just 0.346 behind his teammate.

Rossi had a similar session in the afternoon and was able to improve his time to a 1’45.890, less than 0.75 of a second from the top. The result leaves him in fifth place in the combined times ahead of tomorrow’s sessions.

Jorge Lorenzo Pit-Row  Shot

Jorge Lorenzo: #99:

2nd / 1'45.580 / 16 laps

“After the race win in Aragon we knew that here maybe we had a chance to go faster and be more competitive with this normal tire on the rear. Also we knew that last year we were competitive and had good grip. From the beginning we’ve been on the pace and better than we expected. The bike is working very well, we can improve some small details in the settings, chassis and electronics but in general the pace of the bike is very good so I’m happy.”


Valentino Rossi #46:

5th / 1'45.890 / 19 laps

“I feel good on the bike and don't have any particular problems. I have some small pain with the finger, especially when I brake there is a little bit of pain but I am optimistic, I can brake in a good way and I’m comfortable, I’m just in a little bit of pain. In general the first day was not so bad, it was good practice and I’m quite satisfied. We still have to work a lot, because we still haven’t found the right balance but fifth position is not so bad. I have a good pace and it looks like the Yamaha works well here in Motegi.”

Massimo Meregalli:

“We are very satisfied with our start today. Both Jorge and Vale have no major issues with set up and have started with good pace and speed. Of course we have some small details as always to work through so I am confident we can make more steps over the weekend to be even more competitive on Sunday. All in all a good start to our proper ‘home’ Grand Prix! It looks like the typhoon won’t arrive until Monday so we might be lucky with the weather also.”


1.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'45.140

2.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'45.580

3.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    1'45.637

4.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'45.727

5.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'45.890

6.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'45.939

7.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'46.041

8.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'46.105

9.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    1'46.107

10.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing    1'46.113

11.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    1'46.221

12.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'46.227

13.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Forward Racing    1'46.315

14.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    1'46.571

15.    Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN) YAMALUBE Racing Team with YSP    1'46.973

16.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    1'47.133

17.    Alex De Angelis (RSM)    NGM Forward Racing    1'47.285

18.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    1'47.406

19.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    1'47.586

20.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Drive M7 Aspar    1'47.829

21.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo IodaRacing Team    1'48.264

22.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    1'49.105

23.    Brok Parkes (AUS)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'49.159

24.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    1'49.321

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