MotoGP: Round #11 Movistar Yamaha Free Practice Report - Brno

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

After a successful weekend in Indianapolis, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi enjoyed their first day at the fast and flowing Automotodrom Brno and were both quick to find pace.

Lorenzo immediately positioned himself as a protagonist at the beginning of the first practice and kept dropping competitive laps throughout the session. With twenty minutes remaining he put his YZR-M1 to the test and shot to the top with a lap time of 1‘56.499, which remained unchallenged for the rest of the day.

The Spaniard continued his form in the afternoon practice, which saw him quickly climb up the rankings to second with a 1‘56.589. He spent the remainder of the time testing various settings to improve tire life under hot track conditions and held his second place until the end of the session.

Teammate Rossi also had a strong start to the Czech Republic Grand Prix weekend. Gradually upping his pace, he was within half second off the fastest times by the end of the session and wrapped up the morning practice in sixth place with a best lap of 1'57.038.

The nine-time World Champion looked competitive again at the start of the FP2. He initially led the session with a 1‘57.754 lap, but suffered a minor crash with 38 minutes remaining due to fluid on the track at turn 13. Unhurt, Rossi quickly retuned to the pits to go out on his second bike ten minutes later. He went on to improve his time to a 1‘57.074 lap, ending the session in fourth place.

Today‘s results put Lorenzo first in the combined free practice time sheets, 0,539s in front of Rossi in sixth.

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot


We started this morning in a very good way. The afternoon has seen some of the toughest circumstances that we‘ve had all season. It was very hot and on the straight you could feel the heat coming from the engine, so it was a very physically demanding training. Without wind, the track was much worse than it was in the morning, but we were able to keep a quite consistent pace compared to our rivals. In the end, I tried all the tires and some settings of the bike that give us a good direction to work towards for tomorrow.

Valentino Rossi race action shot


Unfortunately Pedrosa had a problem with his bike and it lost some oil and I crashed. This afternoon was difficult for everybody because the track is very slippery and the amount of grip is very low and at the same time there are a lot of bumps, so every time I entered the corner I was pretty much at the limit. At the end of the afternoon it went a bit better and I went into fourth position, but I have to recover a disadvantage, especially the one to Jorge, who seems to have the best pace.


1.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'56.499    

2.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'56.513

3.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'56.750

4.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'56.784

5.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'56.821

6.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'57.038    

7.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'57.078

8.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'57.137

9.    Aleix Espargarò (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar    1'57.202

10.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    CWM LCR Honda    1'57.229

11.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Octo Pramac Racing    1'57.544

12.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo Pramac Racing    1'57.575

13.    Maverick Viñales (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar    1'57.607

14.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    1'57.718

15.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS    1'57.860

16.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    1'58.484

17.    Jack Miller (AUS)    CWM LCR Honda    1'58.512

18.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Aspar MotoGP Team    1'58.549

19.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    1'58.589

20.    Eugene Laverty (IRL)    Aspar MotoGP Team    1'58.656

21.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    1'58.669

22.    Loris Baz (FRA)    Forward Racing    1'58.678

23.    Alex De Angelis (RSM)    E-Motion IodaRacing Team    1'59.680

24.    Claudio Corti (ITA)    Forward Racing    2'00.074

25.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    AB Motoracing    2'01.261

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