MotoGP: First and Fourth Row for Movistar Yamaha

Front row start for Rossi after drama filled German Qualifying Session

Valentino Rossi qualifying action
Front row start for Valentino Rossi for tomorrow's GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.Yamaha Racing

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi showed superb speed in the second qualifying session today at the Sachsenring circuit, securing third place. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo successfully came through Q1 despite a late crash. He was on a hot lap in the second 15-minute qualifying heat when another fall prohibited him from setting a fast time. Unable to rejoin the session, he settled for eleventh on the grid for tomorrow's GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.

In Q2 Rossi waited for the first group of riders to get out on track before he left pit lane. He consistently upped his speed to hold third place after three flying laps before returning to the pits with less than seven minutes on the clock.

Rossi was eager to improve his time on his second stint, but got stuck in traffic, which prevented him from bettering his time and placement in the rankings. However, thanks to his solid third hot lap, a 1'21.666s, he held his spot on the first row of the grid for tomorrow‘s race.

Lorenzo had a relatively easy pass through Q1 in order to promote to Q2. He immediately moved up to second on his first flying lap, but when the pace picked up he was pushed back to third. That didn‘t last long, however, as on a next fast lap the current World Champion set a 1‘21.737s for first place and held on to it for most of the session. When he was relegated to second place, the Factory Yamaha rider headed out to put the hammer down once more. Despite suffering an unlucky fall at the end of the session, he was through to Q2.

The Mallorcan had a late start to the second qualification session on his second bike in order to get a flying lap in without any traffic. With a little more than eleven minutes to go he joined the time attack and showed his consistency as he rode a set of laps in the 1.22‘s and clocked a 1‘22.088s for seventh place.

With more than four and a half minutes left of the session he came in for a short pit stop before having another go at putting his name at the top of the leader board. However, a few minutes later drama struck once more when he suffered a second small crash. The rider was unhurt, but was unable to rejoin the session and ultimately finished eleventh in the qualifying time sheets.

Valentino Rossi qualifying action

Valentino Rossi #46

Valentino Rossi during qualifying from Sachsenring.Yamaha Racing

VALENTINO ROSSI #46:

“I was lucky to stay on the first row, because unfortunately with the second tyre I got stuck in traffic and I feel that I could have done two or three-tenths better because I did a 1‘21.6 on the first tyre. I feel good on the bike. We have made a small modification since the Free Practice sessions and I was faster, so it‘s a shame I wasn‘t able to take second place, but third is OK.”

Jorge Lorenzo qualifying action

Jorge Lorenzo #99

Jorge Lorenzo during qualifying from SachsenringMovistar Yamaha

JORGE LORENZO #99:

“During the second crash I entered the corner not breaking so hard or deep, but on the previous lap I didn‘t warm up my tires enough. I was completely straight and not breaking very strongly when I lost the front. Three mistakes on my part are not normal for me, but this weekend it happened. I‘m disappointed about the crashes and the position, but ultimately I could see a big improvement. During every practice session we improved the bike and finally we were very competitive with the new tire, especially in Q1. On the lap that I crashed I maybe could have done a 1‘21.5 or 1‘21.4. After I crashed we made another modification for Q2 but I didn‘t have enough new tires, I only had one more, so we exited with a nine-laps old tire and I was impressed about the lap time, a 1‘22.0, which was good. I imagined that if I put on a new tire I could be on the first or second row, but unfortunately I wasn‘t able to finish the lap. Eleventh on the grid is a bad position, but that‘s where I finished.”

STARTING GRID 16/07/2016:

FRONT ROW

  • M. MARQUEZ - REPSOL HONDA TEAM - 1'21.160
  • H. BARBERA - AVINTIA RACING - 1'21.572
  • V. ROSSI - MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP - 1'21.666

SECOND ROW

  • D. PETRUCCI - OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH - 1'21.666
  • P. ESPARGARÒ - MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 - 1'21.738
  • M. VIÑALES - TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR - 1'21.784

THIRD ROW

  • A. DOVIZIOSO - DUCATI TEAM - 1'21.858
  • A. ESPARGARÒ - TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR - 1'21.883
  • A. IANNONE - DUCATI TEAM - 1'21.890

FOURTH ROW

  • D. PEDROSA - REPSOL HONDA TEAM - 1'21.892
  • J. LORENZO - MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP - 1'22.088
  • Y. HERNANDEZ - ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP - 1'22.346

FIFTH ROW

  • C. CRUTCHLOW - LCR HONDA - 1'21.783
  • B. SMITH - MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 - 1'21.994
  • S. REDDING - OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH - 1'22.236

SIXTH ROW

  • J. MILLER - ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS - 1'22.382
  • S. BRADL - APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI - 1'22.493
  • E. LAVERTY - ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP - 1'22.567

SEVENTH ROW

  • A. BAUTISTA - APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI - 1'22.670
  • L. BAZ - AVINTIA RACING - 1'22.860
  • T. RABAT - ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS - 1'23.075

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