Rossi Fastest! Lorenzo Third Quick Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo made a promising start to Yamaha's home Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi this afternoon, with Rossi finishing at the top of the time sheets and Lorenzo...
Rossi Fastest! Lorenzo Third Quick
Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo made a promising start to Yamaha's home Grand Prix at the Twin Ring Motegi this afternoon, with Rossi finishing at the top of the time sheets and Lorenzo close behind in third. This afternoon's session was run in cool, dry conditions but with the weather looking unsettled for the rest of the weekend this might be the only dry session before the race and therefore data gathered today could prove key.
Rossi, who claimed his eighth championship title at this track just six months ago, was fast from the outset and found his M1 was working well despite the cold conditions. Lorenzo too felt confident with his base setting immediately and spent some time at the top of the time sheets mid way through the 45-minutes. In the closing stages it looked like the Yamaha pair would end the day in second and third, behind Casey Stoner, but Rossi's final lap edged him ahead and he finished the day with an advantage of 0.056 seconds over his Australian rival.
Position: 1st Time: 1'48.545 Laps: 18
"This is a very good start because we're at the top and this is very important! The conditions today were hard and it was difficult to reach the limit and work to the maximum with the bike and tyres, but it looks like we have a good potential here so I am happy. It's important to be in front, even though it's only Friday, because in Qatar we were second in every session and really we don't like second so much; for sure first is much better! Tomorrow it seems it may rain but we haven't had the chance to try the new Bridgestone rain tyres yet so I think that this could be an important chance for us to understand how they are. It will be interesting and I hope they are good!"
Position: 3rd Time: 1'48.965 Laps: 19
"I'm so happy with this practice session because we often struggle a bit at the start of the weekend but today this wasn't the case at all and I felt great from the start. My M1 felt good when braking, under acceleration and in the corners so I think we are in good shape and now I hope we can continue like this tomorrow even if it rains, in fact I am quite curious to see what happens in the rain and how the lap time is."
"It's nice to be back on top, even if it's only Friday! It was always going to be very important to make the most of this session because there's a chance it could be the only dry one, so we wanted to try to explore a few different things. It went ok; we can definitely improve more but we have made a good start."
"We've made a good start today and we're confident that we have a good base for this circuit, which is very different to Qatar. Because this could be the only dry session we worked to collect some extra data for the race to make sure that we're prepared if it's wet tomorrow and then dry on Sunday. We have made good use of this first session."