Valencia MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after Friday practice

Jorge Lorenzo in fighting spirit at Spanish season closer.

1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'30.463  
"I feel very good and I think the tarmac has a lot of grip. Michelin brought very good tyres for the front and the rear. We tried the new front and it's different; it has more movability in the corner and the rear has a lot of grip and it warms up quickly. I felt good with it. Finally we put in the soft rear tyre to see if it is possible and better to use for qualifying and we saw that it‘s clearly better than the hard one and I set a good lap time, so I‘m satisfied. For the moment we have started the last weekend with Yamaha in the best way possible: first and first. Marquez is very strong too and Viñales is very fast as well, it will be very close on Sunday if it‘s a dry race, but we are not sure because the weather is uncertain."
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'30.710 0.247
“Today went quite well and I think the overall assessment has to be positive, because it’s important to start well. We focused our work on testing all of the tyres; in the morning we used the soft compound for both the front and rear and did quite a few laps with them. In the afternoon I rode the entire time with the hard front and rear. We did a lot of laps to test the different carcasses of the front tyre, and I think we’ve taken a good step forward. We ended the day happy with the work we had done, and tomorrow we’ll try to continue in the same way, because I think that along with Lorenzo, Rossi and Viñales, we’re all at a very similar level. I’m happy with my pace, but I think tomorrow we can improve it a little more.” 
3 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'30.775 0.312
“Today I felt really good with the bike and third place is a good result for the first day. We are already lapping with a strong pace also this is a good feeling. We are proving that our performance is getting to the top, we consistently improve and we are consistently within the top riders. We still have some fine-tuning that can be applied. The Valencia circuit is very different from the Malaysian one where we were for the last race: Here the layout is a lot tighter and with tight corners, where the machine needs to be quick in turning and acceleration. We still need to find a better efficiency on this, as our machine prefers fast and smooth corners, but we have room for improvement, and we are also already within the fastest.” 
4 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'31.000 0.537
"Today was a very promising start to the weekend and I'm happy as well as satisfied. It's been a long time since I have enjoyed riding my Yamaha this much, so it's a shame that we had to wait until the last race to do so. With regards to the tyres, Michelin went back to the old carcass that they used at the beginning of the season and these tyres have a lot of rear grip. At this track, we can use it with a different compound and the truth is that we have improved our grip level a lot and the whole bike is working really well. Moreover, this circuit suits my riding style and Yamaha has always been strong here. Therefore it has been a very good first day with many positives and now we will try to continue our progression tomorrow in order to produce a great showing in qualifying for what will be my last race with Tech3. 
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'31.066 0.603
"I am pleased because today we started off on the right foot, with confirmation of the good feeling that I have had with the bike in the last few races. Valencia is still a bit of a tough track for us, but we are working to improve our performance. We have to intervene on the set-up to allow the bike to give me a better corner exit performance, but all things considered for me it was a good Friday.” 

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Series MotoGP
Event Valencia GP
Sub-event Friday practice
Track Valencia Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez , Pol Espargaro , Maverick Viñales
Teams Team Suzuki MotoGP
Article type Practice report