MotoGP: Round #14 Movistar Yamaha Qualifying Report - Aragon

Jorge Lorenzo Race Action Shot

Movistar Yamaha Press Release:

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi fought hard today in a tense qualifying session ahead of tomorrow's Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón. The teammates have displayed an impressive pace all weekend so far and didn't fail to deliver during the 15 minute qualifying heat.

Lorenzo was the second rider to clock a time this afternoon, putting down a 1‘47.080 to set the early pace at the front. He briefly held provisional pole before being pushed back one place. On a two-stop strategy, he was back in the pits to switch bikes with nine minutes of the session remaining and returned to the track a minute later.

He went on to improve his time but not his ranking with a 1‘46.743 and immediately returned to the box to swap bikes for a second time, with three minutes left to go.

When he was back out on track a minute later he had just enough time for a final time attack and didn‘t hesitate to put the hammed down. He dropped another 1‘46s lap and even rode a fastest fourth sector of the day, but remained in second place, 0.108s from pole, on the first row of the grid.

Teammate Valentino Rossi pushed to the limit during qualifying. The nine-time World Champion took a little while to get underway at the start of the session, allowing most of the traffic to leave before him. He entered a relatively empty track and was quick to fire off a 1‘48.039 for sixth before moving up one place with a 1‘47.652.

Rossi then returned to the pits with a little less than seven minutes on the clock for fresh rubber and was back out again with four and a half minutes remaining. Having dropped to seventh position he was determined to better his position and had two more chances to strive for a top position. He waited to the last minute and, dropping a final time of 1‘47.492 to take sixth on the grid, finished 0.857s from the front.

Jorge Lorenzo Race Action Shot

JORGE LORENZO #99:

When I looked at my times I was very happy, because it‘s always difficult to fight for the pole position. Our rivals‘ bikes are probably a bit more explosive than the Yamaha and especially this track is usually better for them. To be able to be in the 1‘46.7 is unbelievable, we improved our old record here by more than a second, so I‘m very proud about that and happy with the work we‘ve done throughout the weekend and this particular lap. We need to improve the last details of the bike this afternoon for tomorrow, but in general I like it a lot how it behaves all around the track, so the team did a great job with the setting.

Valentino Rossi Race Action Shot

VALENTINO ROSSI    #46:

Today was a bit more difficult, especially in the afternoon, the morning was not so bad. My pace was also quite good, but with a higher temperature I suffered a lot with the tires, because after some laps I slid too much and wasn‘t able to find the right rhythm, so we have to work and try to improve the balance so we can enter the corner with better braking. During tomorrow‘s warm up we will try to improve the setup and also the pace. My rivals are very fast, so this makes everything a bit more difficult but we will try.

MASSIMO MEREGALLI - TEAM DIRECTOR:

After two great practice sessions yesterday, today also went pretty well. As usual both Jorge and Vale gave 100 per cent today to qualify in the best position possible. Jorge again showed he is a force to be reckoned with and set several laps in the 1‘46. He will start tomorrow‘s race from the front row, which is important. Valentino also did a good job today and qualified on the second row. He will look to make a good start to the race tomorrow and join the fight at the front. We still have a couple of things to adjust on the bike this afternoon in order to be ready for the warm-up. It will be a challenging race tomorrow and we will give our all.

GRAND PRIX OF ARAGÓN - QUALIFYING RESULTS:

FRONT ROW:

1.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'46.635

** 2.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'46.743**

3.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'47.178

SECOND ROW:

4.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'47.334

5.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'47.357

** 6.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    1'47.492**

THIRD ROW:

7.    Aleix Espargarò (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar    1'47.573

8.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    CWM LCR Honda    1'47.574

9.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo Pramac Racing    1'47.775

FOURTH ROW:

10.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    1'47.830

11.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Octo Pramac Racing    1'48.556

12.    Maverick Viñales (SPA)    Team Suzuki Ecstar    1'48.648

FIFTH ROW:

13.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    1'48.294

14.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS    1'48.674

15.    Eugene Laverty (IRL)    Aspar MotoGP Team    1'49.035

SIXTH ROW:

16.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Aspar MotoGP Team    1'49.102

17.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    1'49.109

18.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    1'49.253

SEVENTH ROW:

19.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    1'49.426

20.    Jack Miller (AUS)    CWM LCR Honda    1'49.436

21.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    1'49.437

EIGHTH ROW:

22.    Loris Baz (FRA)    Forward Racing    1'49.496

23.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    AB Motoracing    1'49.761

24.    Alex De Angelis (RSM)    E-Motion IodaRacing Team    1'50.134

NINTH ROW

25.    Toni Elias (SPA)    Forward Racing    1'50.755

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