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Challenging start for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair

Challenging start for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair

It was a difficult start to the Grand Premio Movistar de Aragon weekend for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

Both Yamaha factory riders struggled with a lack of rear grip and sliding at the Aragon circuit, despite having had a private test at the Spanish track earlier in the year.

Rear traction problems affected Lorenzo, who was fourth in FP1, 0.501s off pace setter Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing). Meanwhile Rossi was just under one second off the top and down in sixth position.

FP2 saw an increase in track temperature, causing the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair to struggle more. Lorenzo was able to manage seventh position with a 1’48.969s, 0.003s slower than Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), who was sixth.

Rossi ended up in tenth spot with a 1’49.312s, 1.027s down on Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who led the session thanks to a last minute run on soft tyres.

Lorenzo commented, “We are using a completely different tyre to the rest of the riders. Valentino didn't like so much the hard front, I don't know if he tried the soft in the last laps but for me it was better with the softer option. Tomorrow we will do some more laps to see if it will be constant for the duration of the race. We didn't start in the best way possible, we are very far from the front, but the thing that worries us is that we are far from my ideal time here from last year so we have margin to improve. I feel great physically and mentally but the bike needs to improve a bit. We are going to test a different set up for tomorrow so I’m looking forward to continuing.”

Rossi explained, “Together with Yamaha and Bridgestone we decided to try the hard rear to understand if it’s good option but it proved difficult. At the same time I struggled with the front as I was suffering some under steer so we decided to try the soft front; that was not so bad. We got some important data for tomorrow because we tried all the combinations. We need to work a lot as we suffer with rear grip and corner speed. The bike is difficult to ride and I’m not fast enough so tomorrow we have to improve a lot.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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