Lorenzo and Rossi disappointed with Q2 results

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi delivered fifth and seventh respectively in qualifying at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky.

Lorenzo had been in good form in the first free practice session on Friday morning and a constant presence in the top two positions in the subsequent practice outings.

However the World Champion was unable to replicate that form in the 15 minute qualifying heat, attributing his lack of cutting edge pace to too much spinning on his rear tyre.

"I had hoped for much more because I wanted to improve seven tenths or a second on my pace to make a fast lap but I couldn't take advantage of the new tyre. We had so much spinning and we went slowly,” stated Lorenzo after Q2.

He then added, “The pace from all the top riders is quite similar so it’s going to be important to get a good start and try to overtake some riders at the beginning of the race. Then we will see how we are.”

Having been quick to find competitive race pace early in the weekend, Rossi was also unable to make best use of the qualifying tyres in the quick fire session.

Tyre spinning prevented the Italian from closing on the front row so he will start from the third row in seventh for Sunday’s race.

The nine-time World Champion explained, “I’m not so happy because seventh position is my worst of the weekend and it was qualifying. I improved my lap time but the other guys were faster. My target was to start in the first five but unfortunately I have to start from seventh on the third row.”

Nonetheless, he is optimistic about his race chances, stating, “I have a good pace and was always with the front guys in free practice. Now we have to make some changes to the bike, we have been competitive all weekend so I think and I hope we can be competitive during the race. Yesterday the harder tyre we used was good but today it was no good, maybe because it was cooler, so I think we will use the soft tomorrow.”

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