Brno (Czech Republic), 23rd August 2013 – Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi both made a flying start today in the first practice sessions for this Sunday’s Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.
The benefit of a recent private test at the Brno circuit was clear to see as Lorenzo shot straight to the top of the time sheets at the beginning of the first practice and remained unchallenged throughout. By the end of the session he was within one second off the pole record for the track and wrapped up the only rider under the 1’57 mark with a 1’56.698 second lap.
The afternoon practice saw him start in the same fashion, quickly taking the top spot and going under his morning time with a 1’56.538. The reigning world champion then spent the remainder of the session testing various settings with his YZR-M1, finishing the day second in the combined times, 0.038 seconds from the top.
Valentino Rossi’s morning was equally successful, the Italian cracking straight on to the pace as the session got underway and mixing times with the top three riders. His first run saw him get down to a 1’57.425 lap. With 35 minutes remaining of the session he was in second position, improving on his second run to get down to a 1’57.243 lap.
The nine-time world champion made another big step in the afternoon, breaking into the 1’56s with a 1’56.726 to take fourth overall and separated from the top rider by just 0.226 seconds.
99 Jorge Lorenzo 2nd / 1’56.538 / 19 laps: “I started in a very good way in the morning and also in the beginning of the second practice. Then we started to try some things on the bike that weren’t as good as we expected. We spent all the practice trying things so I wasn’t very fast at the end of the session. Anyway, the positive thing is tomorrow we have a clear direction so we can go more quickly to a better lap time. We can improve tomorrow on braking, and the smoothness of the bike at the beginning of the corner.”
46 Valentino Rossi 4th / 1’56.726 / 29 laps: “I think that we are equal at this track because Dani won last year with the Honda after the battle with Jorge on the last lap. For sure the Yamaha is more competitive here in Brno and also I am more competitive because I like the track and I ride in a better way than in Indianapolis. Today it was a positive day for me, especially this afternoon, we modified the bike and I improved a lot. I was fast with the soft tyre and the hard tyre and I have quite a good pace. We are all very close; we are five or six riders within a few tenths. We hope for tomorrow and Sunday we have good weather because the forecast says it’s not so positive.”
Yamaha Factory Racing Wilco Zeelenberg Team Manager: “It’s the first day in Brno and we are quite satisfied with the result. The pace is very consistent and Jorge feels good on the bike. We need to make some small adjustments tomorrow so let’s hope it stays dry. We are on the right path to getting a good result.”
Yamaha Factory Racing Massimo Meregalli Team Director: “It’s been a positive first day. We still have a lot of things to try and improve the set up as much as we can. Anyway we have started in the right way. We have a big advantage as we tested here a few weeks ago so we will try to keep this step ahead until Sunday afternoon. We were able to test both tyre compounds. It seems both are working but one slightly better than the other. We are in a good shape and we are optimistic we can continue like this.”
Combined Free Practice Times
1. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 1’56.500
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’56.538
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’56.600
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1’56.726
5. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’56.733
6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’56.800
7. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’57.351
8. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’57.401
9. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 1’57.754
10. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 1’57.896
11. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 1’58.039
12. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 1’58.217
13. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing 1’58.958
14. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1’59.235
15. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’59.288
16. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’59.390
17. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’59.539
18. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 1’59.613
19. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 1’59.719
20. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 1’59.799
21. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 2’00.338
22. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 2’00.413
23. Martin Bauer (AUT) Remus Racing Team 2’00.730
24. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project 2’01.549
25. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2’01.746
Location Brno, Czech Republic
Length (m) 5403
Width (m) 15
Turns righ 8
Turns left 6 Pole position left