Rossi confident for final push after positive Brno test Valentino Rossi left the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic this evening after a busy but successful two days of testing, alongside most of his fellow MotoGP competitors. The Italian, who...
Rossi confident for final push after positive Brno test
Valentino Rossi left the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic this evening after a busy but successful two days of testing, alongside most of his fellow MotoGP competitors. The Italian, who won Sunday's race to go fifty points clear at the top of the championship, set the second fastest time once again today and looks in good shape as he heads to his home race at Misano in ten day's time.
Rossi continued with a programme of Bridgestone tyre testing today, as well as working on electronics and general set-up. He did try some qualifying tyres but his best time of the day, a lap of 1'56.613, was set on a race tyre and was well inside the best lap from Sunday's race. The Italian's Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo also enjoyed a positive day and finished sixth with a best time of 1'57.600.
Valentino Rossi - Position: 2nd Time: 1'56.613 Laps: 66
"It's been a long day today but we've found some important improvements in a few different areas so it's been worthwhile, and I am leaving here feeling very happy. We've worked on electronics and it seems we've found some improvements under accelleration, then of course we've worked a lot with Bridgestone on both front and rear tyres. We've definitely found some good things in this area as well, helping our agility and stability in the corners and we are faster with these new tyres. It's been a good test and now we are looking forward to the final six battles!"
Davide Brivio - Team Manager
"We've had a full couple of days testing and everyone has worked very hard, with great results. This is probably our last test of the season so it's been very important for us to have this chance to check many small things, especially tyres, electronics and setting. We have had a long week here in Brno but both the race and the test have been very successful and now we're looking forward to Misano."
Brno improvements build Lorenzo's confidence for final run
Jorge Lorenzo left the Czech Republic in a somewhat better frame of mind today, having found some improvements on the last day of testing following his difficult Grand Prix weekend. The 21-year-old finished the day sixth in the standings, having improved on his best lap from Sunday's race by more than a second.
The Fiat Yamaha rider and his crew concentrated entirely on rear tyres today, testing a variety of Michelin rubber in an attempt to find more grip. They were able to improve the performance under acceleration and will hope that this can translate to a better weekend at the next race in Misano, in ten day's time. Lorenzo completed 32 laps and set a best time of 1'57.600, whilst his team-mate Valentino Rossi was second fastest with a lap of 1'56.613.
Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 6th Time: 1'57.600 Laps: 32
"These have been two positive days, because we've improved our performance a lot in comparison to the race at the weekend. However we can not forget that we are still far from where we want to be, so we can not give up. We have tried a lot of new things but mainly tyres with Michelin, and we have been able to find some tenths. Now we have to work with San Marino in mind, because we really need to change our situation there and have a good race, finally!"
Daniele Romagnoli - Team Manager
"As planned yesterday, we have concentrated on testing rear tyres today following our work on the front yesterday. From all of the Michelin material we tested today, we have been able to find some improvements and now we hope that they can provide us with these tyres for Misano. We still have work to do but motivation in the team is still high for the final six races and everyone still has the same goal - to finish with some good races. We know that Jorge and the team deserve much better results than we had here in Brno, so we hope that we can turn things around in Misano."