Circuit de Catalunya
Unpredictable Weather Signals the Start to the Grand Prix of Catalunya
The MotoGP paddock had a less than perfect start to the GP of Catalunya today at the Montmeló circuit as changing weather conditions disrupted the first free practice sessions. A sunny morning gradually changed to deliver spots of rain towards the end of the first practice. The second session in the afternoon saw the same disruption with the first 30 minutes wet and just over 20 minutes of drying time available at the end for the riders.
Both Yamaha Factory Racing riders made as much use of the dry time as possible, testing some different chassis settings and for Ben Spies some different body positioning in the hunt for more performance. Lorenzo and his team mate recorded their fastest times of the day in the morning session going fourth and fifth respectively, positions they retained in the second heat, giving them a provisional second row position.
Position: 4th Time: 1.43.810 Laps: 15
Today we didnt ride so much because the rain started at the end of the first session and the opposite in the afternoon. There were only 20 minutes of dry time at the end so we had only eight laps more or less to try some settings of the bike. We are quite far from first position but we have another full practice tomorrow morning to improve. Im happy to be here with my home crowd but its going to be tough to fight for victory. I need to be patient and calm and give it the maximum and fight for the podium.
Position: 5th Time: 1.44.646 Laps: 24
Im feeling good about today, it was a tricky session going out in the rain and dry, you couldnt see how wet it was on the track so I had to feel it out a bit. We had a pretty big change on the bike trying to move my position around; I think weve found something and were hoping to now get some more dry time tomorrow. To be top five at the end of the first practice day and closer to the front is a lot better so well keep building on this.
We had an odd first day; its difficult to judge where we are because the circumstances were very strange, wet in the beginning and dry at the end of the second session. Compared to last year the lap times are slower but everybody has more or less the same situation. Hopefully tomorrow it dries so we can prepare ourselves for Sunday, so far we have no major problems.
The weather didnt help us so much to work on the set up of the bikes today but I can see that we had good speed and after both sessions we have both riders in the top five which is a good starting point for the weekend. Lets wait and see what we can do tomorrow.