French GP: Fiat Yamaha Friday

Edwards quickest Yamaha rider with third fastest time Following on from his eventful weekend in China two weeks ago, Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo was back on his M1 at Le Mans today, battling on despite the pain of two fractured ankles.

Edwards quickest Yamaha rider with third fastest time

Following on from his eventful weekend in China two weeks ago, Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo was back on his M1 at Le Mans today, battling on despite the pain of two fractured ankles. The injuries he sustained in China have not yet had time to fully recover but the 21-year-old is able to ride and finished the day an impressive fourth just behind Yamaha collegue Colin Edwards.

It was straight down to business from the off this morning for the Mallorcan and he finished the first session second in the standings, despite this being the first time he has ridden a MotoGP bike at this track. This afternoon he continued to work on refining his settings and tyre choices and the Michelin rider was able to improve on his time from the morning by 0.3 seconds, despite losing grip and sliding out at turn two near the end of the session. Luckily however he escaped any further injury and the damage to his bike was also minimal. Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi was sixth fastest this afternoon, whilst the time sheets were topped by Dani Pedrosa.

Jorge Lorenzo 4th 1'34.487

"The first thing I did when I crashed this afternoon was to stand up in order to check that I hadn't done any more damage! Luckily it's okay and I don't think I have made anything worse and at the moment I don't need to have any injections, which is better for me. The pain in my ankles is not so bad and to ride is okay, the main problem is that I am lacking the confidence that I know I should have, but I just need to keep thinking positively and I am sure that this will come soon.

We need to work on the electronics a bit and also the suspension, and then I think we can make another step, but anyway we've made a good start today overall. If it stays dry then I think I will have the possibility to fight for the pole position, but if it's wet it will be a different story so we are hoping for good weather!"

Danielle Romagnoli - Team Manager

"Unfortunately this afternoon Jorge crashed in turn two, when he was at the maximum lean angle and he lost the front and the rear. After China it was a fright for everyone but he got up quickly and luckily he is okay, as is the bike! Aside from this, his performance today has been very good considering his physical condition and it seems he's able to ride okay. We need to work on the grip under acceleration because at the moment the bike is a bit unstable, and we also need to improve the contact in the front because we're wheelying a bit too much. It's been a good start though and tomorrow we will keep going like this and try to improve even more."

Valentino Rossi was quick during the morning practice, setting the third fastest time, but this afternoon work with different tyres and settings were not as effective as hoped and he failed to improve on his time from this morning. It was nonetheless a fruitful day for Rossi and his team as they were able to gather valuable data for Bridgestone at what is another new circuit for this year's package of bike and tyres. Despite the mixed weather forecasts for tomorrow, the 29-year-old is hopeful of two more dry sessions as he looks to refine the setting of his YZR-M1 in race trim before attempting to become the first rider to win two races this season on Sunday.

Valentino Rossi 6th 1'34.886

"This morning we started quite well, I had a good rhythm and I was able to be third fastest with a good time. This afternoon to begin with it was also okay but then we tried some different things and it wasn't so good; we tried a tyre I didn't like so much and also a setting that didn't feel so good so overall the result was not great! We weren't able to improve our time from the morning but we actually learned quite a lot, which I hope will help us, so now we just need to work hard to decide what is the best way for tomorrow.

I am confident we can improve. The weather isn't so good, with some spots of rain, but actually we expected worse for Le Mans, so if this is as bad as it gets I will be happy! It may rain properly tomorrow in which case we will have different things to work on; I would prefer it to be dry of course but we will have to wait and see. It wasn't a perfect day but we know why we didn't improve so we're not too worried."

Davide Brivio - Team Manager

"Today we mostly focused on checking the different tyres that we have available to us here and finding the best one, together with refining our base setting. We've been able to eliminate some options and found some that are better, so now the next step will be to put the best of everything together and try to perfect the package. This morning we were quite fast and then this afternoon things weren't quite so good and we weren't able to improve, but we now have a lot of information available to us so we will study it together with the engineers and with Bridgestone and decide the best path to follow. If tomorrow is wet then we will have to rely on today's information in the event of a dry race, so we would prefer it to be like this again tomorrow."

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , Jorge Lorenzo , Davide Brivio , Dani Pedrosa