Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News

Montmelò Circuit (Spain), 14th June 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo delivered a front row start in front of his home crowd this afternoon, taking second in qualifying for tomorrow’s GP Monster Energy de Catalunya.

Teammate Valentino Rossi left it to the last lap to make his move, securing fifth on the second row of the grid.

In a reversal of normal practice Lorenzo was the last to leave the pits for the 15 minute qualifying heat, allowing the MotoGP pack to move on before hitting an empty race track. He moved straight into third with his first flying lap, a 1’41.463. He was unable to beat the time on his first tyre, returning to the pits with just under seven minutes remaining for fresh rubber. With just five minutes left on the clock he was back on track, ready to attack again as a late lap by rival Stefan Bradl dropped him to fourth. The local hero delivered a perfect lap with just over a minute remaining, delivering a flying 1’41.100 second lap to snatch second on the grid, just 0.115 seconds behind Dani Pedrosa on pole.

Rossi kept the tension high to the last moments of the qualifying heat, leaving the pits late like his teammate, he took tenth on his first flying lap with a 1’42.076 but unable to climb any higher on his first tyre. A pit stop with seven minutes remaining offered a fresh rear tyre and another chance to step up. As the clocked tick it took until the last minute for a clear run and a good lap, the nine-time world champion shooting five places up the timesheets with a 1’41.290 to take fifth for a second row start, 0.506 from pole.

 

99 – Jorge Lorenzo (2nd / 1’41.100 / 7 laps)

Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

“I made a very good lap, I risked a lot, especially in the braking to make it. Finally we made a good setting for this track, it’s hard because with the track and temperatures it’s hard to make the bike stable. Tomorrow we will try to make it even more stable. We hope to remain consistent and strong like in Mugello to fight for the win again. We all hope it doesn’t rain because a wet race would be difficult to judge. It would be great to win, everyone wants to!”

 

46 – Valentino Rossi (5th / 1’41.290 / 7 laps)

Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi

“I’m quite satisfied with this afternoon’s result because the target was to stay in the top 5 and I am there at last. For sure the front row is always better and makes things easier but the three Spanish guys in front have showed to be very strong. They have a great pace whilst mine is not at their same level at the moment. Later today and tomorrow morning we’ll try hard to improve the bike and stay with them, hopefully closer than we are today. As for the tyres for the race, I guess everybody is going to use the medium rear tyre, while the choice for the front is still open and will depend on tomorrow’s temperature and weather conditions.”

 

Yamaha Team Manager: Massimo Meragalli:

“We have improved every session and that makes us happy with today’s result. Second and fifth place make us confident for tomorrow’s race. We still have to slightly improve the race pace, although Jorge’s job this afternoon was very good. The weather forecast for tomorrow says that temperatures might be a little lower, which is good for our M1’s. It’s going to be a hard-fought race, especially with the first three riders who showed to have the best race pace but I expect Valentino to be the outsider and be part of the game until the very end. We still have half day to find something to test tomorrow morning in the warm-up. I am sure at 2pm we will be ready to get the best possible results.”

 

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