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Solid start at Sachsenring for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi had a solid start to the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland race weekend.

Both riders were quick to find their rhythm at the challenging German circuit during the morning free practice session. Topping the standings multiple times throughout the session, Lorenzo finished as leading factory rider in second place, only 0.253 from first. Teammate Rossi was not far behind in third place, 0.296 seconds from P1.

Lorenzo continued his form during FP2. The afternoon session was shortly interrupted by spots of rain, but the rack was quick to dry with action resuming. The Spaniard was soon back out on the track and managed to keep his times consistently within the 1’22’s, to eventually finish third in the combined times, 0.327 from the front.

“It went quite well today,” said the man from Mallorca. “We were always within the top three. The bike is working well. It’s more stable than it was in Montmelo and in Assen, so in terms of pace I’m quite good and also the braking is good. We just need to improve some small details to fight for first row tomorrow. Also, physically I am better than ever, so I feel strong.”

Rossi used the second session to find a set-up that suits the harder front tyres. He was not able to improve on his time from the morning session and ended the first day of practice in sixth position overall, 0.425 from first.

“It’s a shame that I couldn’t improve on my time from this morning, because this morning was a good practice for me,” he said. “I was in third position and I felt very good with the bike, but this afternoon with the higher temperature we had to use the harder tyre on the front and we don’t have the right setting to use it. The bike was more difficult to turn and had understeer. I suffered a lot and I wasn’t fast enough. I’m a little bit worried, especially because for Saturday morning we have to improve and understand the problem.”

“Saturday will be an important day, especially in the afternoon. We have to try to stay in the top position. We have to work with the team and improve the setting for the harder tyres. Also, this weekend I have the new exhaust with two pipes. I like it, it’s not a big difference but from the bottom it’s more smooth so we can work on the pipe and try to improve.”

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MotoGP, 2014, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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