Second and sixth for Lorenzo and Rossi on day one

Second and sixth for Lorenzo and Rossi on day one
Friday, 2 May 2014

As the Gran Premio bwin de España got underway at a scorching hot Jerez on Friday, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were second and sixth respectively on the combined timesheet.

The experienced pair made progress despite a track temperature of around 50°C, making a lack of grip an increasing issue in the second session. Lorenzo ended the day in second overall with a best lap of 1’39.714, 0.357s from first.

Teammate Rossi was sixth with a 1’40.125 lap, less than four tenths from Lorenzo. The major challenge for both riders proved to be a lack of rear grip so the team will now work to make improvements for both set ups ahead of Saturday’s third free practice session.

Lorenzo and Rossi also tested a new chassis for their YZR-M1 to improve the bike’s stability under braking. Positive results were obtained, giving Yamaha’s Japanese engineers a clear direction to continue development.

Lorenzo stated, “The track changed so much from the morning to the afternoon, it was much more slippery and we had to try the different rear tyre. Like in Qatar it gave us the same problems with less grip and the bike then feels nervous. We are much closer than before though and I think we can close the gap.”

Rossi added, “We tried a different chassis today especially for the braking stability and the first impression is not so bad, it’s just a small step to understand the way to go. The track is very greasy so it’s difficult with the front and rear tyres with the high temperatures. It's difficult to control the bike and it slides a lot. Compared to the other top guys the pace is not so bad so it looks like we have worked well so far and now have to continue.”

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