Lorenzo tops first practice whilst Yoshikawa gets to grips with the M1

03.07.2010: Fresh from consecutive wins at the last two races, Jorge Lorenzo continued his blistering run of form today by topping the time sheets on day one at Montmel󬠨is home track. Wataru Yoshikawa joined him on the other side of the garage, the Japanese f

Fresh from consecutive wins at the last two races, Jorge Lorenzo continued his blistering run of form today by topping the time sheets on day one at Montmelois home track. Wataru Yoshikawa joined him on the other side of the garage, the Japanese filling in for the injured Valentino Rossi.

In keeping with his recent trend, Lorenzo went to the top of the standings early on in the session and remained there throughout, completing 27 laps despite punishing temperatures in excess of 35 degrees. Despite the impressive lap times the Mallorcan, who lives just down the road in Barcelona, found he was lacking some rear grip on his M1 and he and his crew will concentrate on improving this tomorrow. He finished the day 0.153 seconds ahead of Casey Stoner.

Yoshikawa has completed many miles on the M1 during testing but he admitted that the bike he rode today was a little different to the winter development prototype. The 41-year-old from Tokyo has also had to learn the track, having never ridden here before, but he was happy with his first day of work in the factory team and is looking forward to making a step forward tomorrow after finishing 17th today.

Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 1stTime: 1'43.259Laps: 27

"This was a good practice and I was fast straight away again, although I did think that I would be able to improve my lap time a bit more during the session. Unfortunately the rear was sliding a lot which was partly to do with the heat, but we will try to improve this tomorrow. I love racing here, it's so close to my home and it's always extra special for me because all my family and friends come to watch. I hope I can give them a good show!"

 Wataru Yoshikawa - Position: 1st Time: 1'48.015 Laps: 24

"I have already ridden many laps on the M1 but this bike of Valentino's feels quite different to the test bike and I need some more time to become used to it. Today was quite tough because in this heat the track was quite slippery, which didn't make it so easy for me to learn it, but I felt better by the end. We need to do some more laps and I will be ready to improve tomorrow."

Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager

"It was good to be fastest in these incredibly hot conditions, but we definitely have room for improvement because the bike didn't behave exactly how we wanted it to today. At the moment the problem is the rear sliding, so we need to look carefully at our setting and make some changes. Tomorrow we will compare Jorge's setting from last year to the one of today and see if we can make some small improvements."

Davide Brivio - Team Manager

"Today gave Wataru a chance to learn the track, which is new to him, and to give an initial indication of the bike setting to the team. It will be interesting now to see how much we can improve during the weekend, as he becomes more comfortable on the bike."

Fifth for fast learner Spies in sunny Spain

Ben Spies slipped seamlessly and impressively back into learner mode today, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider quickly mastering the challenging Catalunya circuit near Barcelona with a supremely composed display.

Temperatures soared to a physically demanding 37 degrees during the opening MotoGP practice session and Spies was able to produce a hot pace with a flying lap of 1.43.854.

That put the reigning World Superbike champion in fifth place on the timesheets as the 25-year-old made significant progress with improving corner entry performance on his YZR-M1 machine.

Methodically building up his speed on a track he'd never seen before, Spies was able to knock one second off his previous best lap time on his final quick lap to finish just 0.595s behind fastest rider Jorge Lorenzo.

Using the harder front and rear Bridgestone tyre options to cope with the extreme track temperature that hit 53 degrees, Spies was just 0.129s behind Andrea Dovizioso in fourth to once again finish top non-factory rider.

Fellow American Colin Edwards was also delighted with the progress he made with the turning performance of his Yamaha.

Weight distribution changes gave Edwards much more confidence on corner entry and he put the modifications to good use.

A best lap of 1.44.551 put him ninth with Edwards spending the entire session using the same hard compound Bridgestone rear tyre to gain crucial information in preparation for Sunday's 25-lap race.

Ben Spies - Position: 5thTime: 1'43.854Laps: 27

"The track is fun but the longer turns are pretty hard to learn. The last three turns are definitely a little bit different but I felt I was slowly getting to grips with it and I'm really surprised I ended so high up in fifth. I went out on one bike and just worked on learning the track and when I switched to the other bike I found the turning was a lot better. I fixed the twitchy feel I was having on the front and that was a positive. Then I put the hard front tyre on and it was a hundred times better for me and it ended up being a really good session.

We changed the geometry in the front-end and got the bike turning even better. I didn't have to hold the front brake to help the bike turn. Now I can let off the brake, throw it into the corner and get it turned. It is obvious rear grip is vital here in the hot conditions and the key is going to be who can set the bike up for the end of the race when there's not much grip. I'm looking decent on speed right now but we've got to manage it and make sure I'm fast for the end of the race."

Colin Edwards - Position: 9th Time: 1'44.551Laps: 21

"I think I went about a tenth faster than my best time in last year's Friday session. It's the same rider, the same tyres, pretty much the same bike with a slightly different engine, so I can honestly say I'm trying my hardest and not getting any slower! I feel good and I'm definitely making some strides with the bike. We put some more weight on the front and got it turning a lot better. I feel a lot more comfortable and the bike is not running wide now when I get into the corner.

 It has been a nightmare with the turning this year but finally we've made big progress in that area. I went out on the hard rear tyre and I just stayed on that for the wh ole session. It is really hot out there and there wasn't a lot of grip and we'll need to make some changes overnight to the rear suspension because tyre management in those conditions is going to be crucial."

- Yamaha Racing -

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/motogp-catalunya-gp-lorenzo-jorge-yoshikawa-grips-m1-fiat-yamaha-riders-positions---82881.html

03.07.2010 / MaP

Weitere Beiträge

Barcelona beckons Lorenzo to home challenge as Yoshikawa joins team
After two commanding wins in a row at Silverstone and Assen over the last two weekends, Jorge Lorenzo lands in his home city of Barcelona this weekend with a championship lead of 47 points and a plan to delight his Spanish fans with another win on home soil. He has flown the Fiat Yamaha flag alone for the last three races following Valentino Rossi's accident in Mugello, but this wee weiter >>
Valentino Rossi Update
Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi sent the following message today from his home in Italy. The reigning World-Champion is currently convalescing after breaking his leg at the Italian MotoGP round three week's ago."Three weeks have passed since the accident and two since I was discharged from hospital, and I am very happy about how my recuperation weiter >>
Assen Race 1 results
2010 MotoGP Netherlands - Assen 26/06/2010Race 1 - 26 LapsCircuit Length: 4555Temp: 23Crowd: 100000Weather: Sunny Lap Record: 1'36.411 (John Hopkins, 01/01/2006)Fastest Lap Ever: 1'34.515 (Jorge Lorenzo, 26/06/2010)Last Years Winner: Valentino Rossi  1    Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP&n weiter >>
Lorenzo extends championship lead with awesome Assen win
Jorge Lorenzo put in another textbook performance at Assen today, leaving his rivals trailing as he led from the front to win the 80th Dutch TT and take his fourth victory of the season. In doing so he becomes only the seventh rider in history to have won in three or more classes at the historic racetrack, with 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP wins to his name. Meanwhile Tec weiter >>
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup - Assen Race 2 - Kent first but Ruiz wins.
Daniel Ruiz won his second Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race with a near perfect ride at Assen. The 18 year old Spaniard was granted victory over Danny Kent in the stewards room after the 16 year old Briton was penalised for overtaking him into the final corner while the yellow flag was being waved. 16 year old Briton Harry Stafford was third, making his first visit to a Rookie podium. weiter >>
De Puniet ends 6th at Dutch GP...
... after a thrilling last laps battleThe LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet crossed the line in sixth place in today’s 26-lap Ducth Grand Prix at Assen race track reinforcing his place as the best of the championship weiter >>
Impresive de Puniet takes front row at Dutch GP qualifying
Working with his crew to find the right machine balance for the floating nature of Assen race track, LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy de Puniet put in a strong performance at Dutch GP qualifying today. Following his impressive start of the season, the Frenchma weiter >>
2010 MotoGP Netherlands - Assen Qualifying 1 results
ASSEN TT Circuit Length: 4555Weather: Sunny Lap Record: 1'36.411 (John Hopkins, 01/01/2006)Fastest Lap Ever: 1'34.515 (Jorge Lorenzo, 26/06/2010)Last Years Winner: Valentino Rossi  1    Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP    1'34.5152    Randy De Puniet    Honda  &nbs weiter >>
MotoGP career best qualifying for Spies
Ben Spies powered his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine to a career best qualifying result in Assen today after another dazzling display from the Texan. Brimming with confidence after recording his first MotoGP podium at Silverstone last weekend, Spies set himself up perfectly for another rostrum challenge in the historic Dutch TT after qualifying on the second ro weiter >>
Lorenzo on pole position for Assen assault
MOTOGP ASSEN QUALIFYING 1 Another superb qualifying session from Jorge Lorenzo today means that the Fiat Yamaha Team rider will launch his Assen assault from pole position tomorrow, as he bids to take his first premier-class win in Holland. weiter >>
Red Bull MotoGP Assen Race 1 classification
TT ASSEN 4542 m. Assen RookiesCup Race Nr. 1Classification after 16 laps = 72.672 km 201 25 32 Jacob GAGNE USA Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM 29'10.553 149.4492 20 74 Kevin CALIA ITA Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM 29'10.631 149.442 0.0783 16 27 Alessio CAPPELLA ITA Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM 29'10.677 149.438 0.1244 13 24 Harry STAFFORD G weiter >>
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup - Assen Race 1 - Jake Gagne's shock win
Jake Gagne, the 16 year old Californian, found his form and won another stunning Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race after a 12 man lead battle that was only decided over the last 2 corners. He was chased home by podium newcomers, Kevin Calia, the 15 year old Italian and Italian/Nigerian 15 year year old Alessio Cappella.Pole man and points leader Daijiro Hiura extended his lead thanks weiter >>
Red Bull Rookies Cup Assen Revised Practice results
 TT ASSEN  4542 m.Assen Revised RookiesCupOfficial Practice Times 131 46 D.HIURA JPN Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM 1'48.343 13 1'47.375 15 -0.9682 22 D.RUIZ SPA Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM 1'48.349 16 1'47.846 15 0.471 0.471 -0.5033 72 A.KRISTIANSSON SWE Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM 1'49.173 9 1'48.065 6 0.690 0.219 -1.1084 74 K.CAL weiter >>
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup - Assen Practice - Hiura's last lap pole.
Daijiro Hiura pulled a last lap stunner to head the practice times by almost half a second, taking pole for Friday's Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race, the first of 2 this weekend. The 15 year old Japanese points leader bumped 18 year old Spaniard Daniel Ruiz off the top with that final lap. 16 year old Swede Alex Kristiansson is 3rd with Italian 15 year old Kevin Calia 4th.Hiura was weiter >>
Randy de Puniet to develop correct package at Dutch GP opening day
In a warm opening day of Dutch Grand Prix with ambience temperature of 27°C, LCR Honda MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet set the 11th fastest time at the 4.555 km track which hosts the sixth round of the calendar. LCR Honda MotoGP Title Sponsor at the circuit known as “The Cathedral” is REVI’T which is leading company in the production of most innovative, functional and stylish weiter >>
Assen Free Practice results
2010 MotoGP Netherlands - Assen 24/06/2010Circuit Length: 4555Temp: 27Weather: Sunny Lap Record: 1'36.411 (John Hopkins, 01/01/2006)Fastest Lap Ever: 1'35.520 (Casey Stoner, 28/06/2008)Last Years Winner: Valentino Rossi  2010 MotoGP Netherlands - Assen 24/06/20101    Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha weiter >>
Lorenzo leads the way during first Assen Practice
Just four days after his commanding win at Silverstone, Lorenzo served up more of the same form during the first free practice session at Assen today. The Mallorcan continued to keep the Fiat Yamaha Team at the forefront of the action despite Valentino Rossi's absence with a dominant performance at his favourite track on the opening day of the 80th Dutch TT. Lorenzo found himself co weiter >>
2010 MotoGP Great Britain - Silverstone Race results and standings
Race 1 - 20 Laps1    Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP    41'34.0832    Andrea Dovizioso    Honda    ITA    0'06.7433    Ben Spies Yamaha USA    0'07.0974    Nicky Hayden    Ducati    USA & weiter >>
Jorge Lorenzo storms to stunning Silvestone victory
Circuit Length: 3619Temp: 17Crowd: 70000Weather: Dry Lap Record: 1'56.459 (Chris Vermeulen, 01/01/2003)Fastest Lap Ever: 1'56.096 (Jurgen van den Goorbergh, 01/01/2003) Jorge Lorenzo ran away with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this afternoon, storming home to win by 6.743 seconds to take his first UK win in the weiter >>
Great Randy's performance at Silverstone GP ends with 6th place
  The LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet got a positive sixth place in today’s 20-lap British Grand Prix at new Silverstone circuit. The fifth round of the season started today at 13:00 local time and was held in dry conditions with cloudy weiter >>
Superb front row for de Puniet at Silverstone GP Qualifying
LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet will start tomorrow’s UK Grand Prix from the front row following today’s stunning qualifying session at new Silverstone race track which hosts the fifth round of the season.   The French rider pl weiter >>
De Puniet promising fourth at Silverstone GP opening day
LCR Honda MotoGP rider Randy De Puniet clocked the 4th fastest lap time (2’06.439) at today’s opening free practice session at redeveloped Silverstone race track which host the fifth round of the calendar. weiter >>
Silverstone Free Practice results
2010 MotoGP Great Britain - Silverstone 18/06/2010  Free PracticeCircuit Length: 3619Weather: Dry Lap Record: 1'56.459 (Chris Vermeulen, 01/01/2003)Fastest Lap Ever: 1'56.096 (Jurgen van den Goorbergh, 01/01/2003) 1    Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP    2'05.9912    Case weiter >>
Lorenzo on top as MotoGP takes to Silverstone
Circuit Length: 3619Weather: Dry Lap Record: 1'56.459 (Chris Vermeulen, 01/01/2003)Fastest Lap Ever: 1'56.096 (Jurgen van den Goorbergh, 01/01/2003) Grand Prix motorcycles returned to Silverstone for the first time in over two decades today as MotoGP landed at the iconic British track. Jorge Lorenzo, the sole representative of the Fiat Yamaha Team whils weiter >>
Lorenzo flies lone Fiat Yamaha flag as MotoGP comes to Silverstone
A somewhat depleted Fiat Yamaha Team lands on British shores this week, with championship leader Jorge Lorenzo the team's sole representative following Valentino Rossi's injury at Mugello. Silverstone plays host Grand Prix M weiter >>
Valentino Rossi on his release from hospital - Interview
  1. Vale, first question: how are you and are you still in pain?"The positive thing is that the worst is past and that the two operations went well, so everything is okay. Now I am expecting a difficult period, in which I have to be aware of the risk of infection and in which I must remain with the leg constantly elevated. Then there will come a se weiter >>
Q&A - Yamaha management and Dr. Buzzi on Valentino Rossi's hospital release
  1. What caused the accident? Was it rider error or a bike/tyre issue?Davide Brivio, Fiat Yamaha Team Manager: Valentino Rossi's crew: "Valentino was on his first flying lap with new hard tyres. At ‘Arrabbiata 2' Valentino slowed down to let another rider pass, because he was following him. When Valentino opened the weiter >>
Valentino Rossi released from hospital
At 1530 CET today Valentino Rossi was released from the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Florence, Italy, where he has been recovering following surgery last Saturday to mend his broken right leg. He was taken by ambulance to a helicopter and is now being flown to a hospital in Cattolica, close to his home, where he will meet with doctors to discuss the next stage of his recovery weiter >>
Valentino Rossi recovering well following surgery
Following surgery to repair his broken right leg yesterday afternoon, Valentino Rossi is recovering well at the Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico in Florence, Italy. Dr. Roberto Buzzi of the CTO, who performed the operation, gave the following update this morning: "Valentino is recovering well following yesterday's operation and his morale seems to be high in t weiter >>


© 2001-2017 automobilsport.com full copyright automobilsport.com