Rossi and Lorenzo on second row

Rossi and Lorenzo on second row
Saturday, 17 May 2014

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will start Sunday’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France race from the second row with Rossi in fifth and Lorenzo in sixth position.

An intense 15-minute qualifying session saw both riders hold provisional positions on the front row as the lap times tumbled, only to be denied in the last moments. Their final times on the second row were just a tenth of a second from second place.

Rossi stated, “I’m quite happy, especially after Friday which was a disaster. I wasn't able to ride the bike in a good way then, but today with my team we improved the setting a lot and I’m satisfied. I’m always fast; I have a good pace and a good setting so I like the bike. In the qualifying I had the potential to be on the front row but at the end it's ok like this.”

“I’m in fifth ahead of Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa and I think they will be great rivals. Marc Marquez is also very fast, but I can fight with them!”

Rossi’s teammate Lorenzo commented, “It’s been the opposite of Jerez, here we have good pace but we couldn't make a very fast lap time. I didn't make a perfect lap and just by one tenth I couldn’t be in second place. For the race we have more options than the last races so I’m going to try and finish on the podium. We have to pay attention in the first laps because everyone wants to overtake but I think we can keep our place and move up.”

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