Rossi looking to improve pace in Germany The MotoGP paddock returned to action today at the Sachsenring in eastern Germany and Valentino Rossi and his crew were quick to get back to work, with the aim of recouping the points they lost last time...
Rossi looking to improve pace in Germany
The MotoGP paddock returned to action today at the Sachsenring in eastern Germany and Valentino Rossi and his crew were quick to get back to work, with the aim of recouping the points they lost last time out in Assen. The hot and sunny weather today was a welcome respite from the rain that has been following the paddock around Europe, and a full day of dry set-up time left the Fiat Yamaha rider 4th in the combined standings.
Rossi, who currently lies second in the championship, made a good start this morning and finished the first session in third, just 0.299 off Casey Stoner. He was confident of making more improvement this afternoon but a small set-up change failed to reap the expected rewards and he was unable to improve on his time from this morning. He still finished the practice in fourth place but a second's gap to the lead rider means that Rossi and his crew face a hard day's work tomorrow to make up for the time they lost this afternoon. His team-mate Jorge Lorenzo meanwhile made an improvement of almost half a second this afternoon and finished the day in sixth.
Valentino Rossi - Position: 4th Time: 1'22.617 Laps: 63
"For sure I'm not happy after today's practice! This afternoon we tried some modifications to the setting and we decided to try a softer set-up, but things didn't work how we hoped and we couldn't improve our time. In the fast corners I wasn't fast enough, and I was always a little bit wide. This afternoon I couldn't ride how I wanted to. Obviously this afternoon's choice is not the right way for us at this circuit and therefore tomorrow morning we will return to this morning's set-up and try to close the gap to Casey. I didn't try the new electronics today and actually at the moment it's more likely that we won't this weekend, but I did try some different Bridgestone tyres and we found one which we think will be okay for the race. I am confident that our potential is more than today so we will do our best to improve tomorrow."
Davide Brivio - Team Manager
"We started well this morning but unfortunately we weren't able to improve our lap times this afternoon. We tried something different for the second session and it didn't have the right result so now we have to analyse all of today's information to make sure that we make up for this tomorrow. We had a chance to test some tyres and they're not so bad here but of course we need more time to improve the package as a whole at this tricky track."
Lorenzo makes improvesments as sun shines at Sachsenring
Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo made the most of the sunshine at the Sachsenring today to make some good progress on the set-up of his YZR-M1, finishing the first day of practice for the German Grand Prix sixth in the combined standings. The 21-year-old has finally been able to return to his full training schedule following his recent spate of injuries and proved he's feeling fitter and more confident by improving his lap times steadily throughout today.
Lorenzo, who has never won at this track, struggled a little in the cooler morning practice, lacking some rear grip and finishing tenth. This afternoon however it was a different story and, with temperatures touching 30 degrees, the Michelin-shod rider improved his time by nearly half a second to finish fifth in the session and sixth in the combined standings. His team-mate Valentino Rossi was just 0.098 seconds ahead of him this afternoon but with a gap of over a second to the lead rider, both Lorenzo and Rossi will be looking to make more significant progress tomorrow.
Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 6th Time: 1'22.894 Laps: 65
"I feel like I have a lot of confidence here compared to the last few races, and this is a nice feeling because it's enabling me to ride much more aggressively. We had some problems with the rear grip this morning and I was happy about the improvements that we made this afternoon, but the bike setting is still not perfect and I feel like we should be going faster. The problem is that, although I was in fifth place this afternoon, the gap to Stoner in front is very big and it's hard for us to understand how he is going so much faster than us! From this it is clear, even though I have a good feeling, that the bike is not performing exactly as it should and therefore we need to try to improve our package more. Of course I also need to keep building my confidence and improving my riding as I get more used to a MotoGP bike at this track. I hope that tomorrow we can close the gap to the front."
Daniele Romagnoli - Team Manager
"To start with in the morning session we had some problems; specifically we didn't have enough rear grip. This afternoon however things were much better and we were able to improve our pace by about half a second, which made everyone much happier. We still have some work to do because we still need to improve the rear grip; it's not a problem that can be attributed to either the bike or the tyres, it's just to do with our package as a whole. Now we hope that the weather continues like this tomorrow and this will enable the team to prepare some other solutions to try in order to fine-tune things further."