MotoGP: Round #17 Bridgestone Free Practice Report – Malaysia

Dani Pedrosa race action shot Repsol Honda Press Release: Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was the quickest rider in Friday practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix, as the MotoGP™ riders had to contend with both sunshine and heavy rain in a challenging opening day at Sepang. The riders wasted no time getting up to speed at Sepang in the first session of the weekend, and by the end of the session both Pedrosa and NGM Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro were able to set times under the current Sepang Circuit Record Lap time of 2’01.415, set last year by Marc Marquez. Pedrosa’s benchmark time of 2’01.379 saw him beat Espargaro to the first day’s honors by just 0.014 seconds, while the third quickest rider on the day, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo was a mere 0.037 seconds adrift of Pedrosa with a personal best lap time of 2’01.416. After a dry and warm start to the day allowed the use of slick tires in Free Practice 1, a heavy downpour of rain just before the start of Free Practice 2 necessitated the use of wet tires for the entirety of the afternoon session, thus no riders were able to improve on the times they set in the morning. In the morning session, all riders selected the medium compound front slick at the start of the session, yet towards the end of the session some riders opted for Bridgestone’s new hard compound front slick which makes its competitive debut this weekend. The feedback from the riders that used this new front slick was positive, and it is expected the majority of riders will evaluate this option in the next dry session. For the rear tire, the majority of riders including the Factory Ducati, Honda and Yamaha riders opted for the medium compound rear slick in FP1, while the remaining riders selected the soft compound rear slick. A number of factory riders planned to evaluate the hard compound rear slick in FP2, but had to abandon this plan due to the afternoon rain. In FP2’s wet conditions, all riders opted for the hard compound wet tires front and rear, which is the main wet tire option Bridgestone has provided for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Similar temperatures with a good possibility of rain in the afternoon are forecast for tomorrow. The next MotoGP™ session is Free Practice 3 at 0955 local time (GMT +8). Aleix Espargaro race action shot Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department: “The variable weather today gave the riders the opportunity to ride in a wide range of conditions from fully dry to fully wet and although this meant the riders couldn’t evaluate as many slick options as they planned to, a lot of valuable data was collected today. Given that we often experience rain in the afternoon at Sepang, the riders were able to work on their wet setup and get a feel for how our wet tires perform at this technical circuit. In this morning’s session, most riders used the medium compound slicks front and rear, but some Open-class riders also tried our new hard compound front slick at the end of FP1, and the feedback we received was that this option had a good combination of braking and cornering performance, which was a positive outcome on the first day here at Sepang. Some riders were able to lap under race record pace in the first session of the weekend and the pace among the front runners is very close, so I am pleased that our revised tyre allocation at Sepang this year is working well for everybody.” Malaysian MotoGP™: Top ten combined Free Practice 1 & 2 times: 1 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 2 Aleix ESPARGARO NGM Forward Racing 3 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 4 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 5 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP 6 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 8 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati Team 9 Yonny HERNANDEZ Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 10 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 For more information: Dani-Pedrosa---Repsol-Honda---Malaysian-MotoGP-FP1 Aleix-Espargaro---NGM-Forward-Racing---Malaysian-MotoGP-FP2 Read More

MotoGP: Round #17 Movistar Yamaha Free Practice Report – Malaysia

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot Movistar Yamaha Press Release: Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi got their first laps in around the Sepang International Circuit under very mixed conditions today as they prepare for this weekend’s Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Lorenzo successfully kicked off the third and last overseas Grand Prix weekend during the sunny morning session. The Majorcan rider spent his first stint finding a good dry set up before posting a best lap of 2’01.416 in his second stint, just 0.037 seconds off the fastest pace. Teammate Rossi also was quick to find a solid pace around the Malaysian track over the first practice session. The nine-time World Champion made the most of the dry 45 minutes session and put in a total of 18 laps to find the perfect race set-up. The Italian rode a best lap of 2’01.842, just 0.463 seconds off the front. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammates had to be patient for the second practice session to get underway as it was red flagged due to a sudden monsoon. Standing water created concerns about the track’s conditions. When the track started to dry out the afternoon free practice session was restarted at 14:30 local time. Lorenzo and Rossi used the session with caution as they got to know the wet weather tires and tried to find a matching set-up. Lorenzo led most of the session and found a good wet set up whilst Rossi struggled with a lack of grip on his YZR-M1. The slower wet times meant both riders were unable to improve on their morning time, causing Lorenzo to complete the first day third in combined sessions times and Rossi in sixth. Jorge Lorenzo race action shot Jorge Lorenzo #99: 3rd / 2’01.416 / 14 laps “The race will be held at 4 o’clock this weekend but it would be better if the race was at 2 o’clock because at 4 o’clock it usually starts to rain here. We hope to either have a completely wet race or a completely dry race, but not something in between because that would be difficult for everyone. In the wet I was really satisfied and happy. Midway through the practice I was pushing really hard and was feeling very good. My lap time was two seconds quicker than anyone else! Finally Marc and Dani improved at the end of the practice, but at that moment I was really fast. Valentino was having some problems, so this means our setting was working very well and I was feeling great on the bike. On the dry in the morning I also felt good from the beginning. I finished in third, which is like a second place because Aleix put on the extra soft tire. Dani seems to be strong here on the dry, like always, but I think we can fight for the win.” Valentino Rossi race action shot Valentino Rossi #46: 6th / 2’01.842 / 12 laps “I’m not very happy. This morning, with the dry conditions, it went not so bad. My rhythm was already quite good, but it wasn’t enough. I was not fast enough or strong enough to stay at the front, also because I wasn’t able to ride the bike in a good way, so we need to work. Especially, because in the wet this afternoon the situation was a lot worse. It was a very difficult practice and I wasn’t able to make the right speed to ride the bike in a good way, so the target is work, work, work. For Sunday we have to be ready for both conditions, because the weather here is very unstable and it could be either dry or wet. My bike had some chatter and we had to save the tyre, but I wasn’t able to get enough corner speed. I need more balance going through the corners to go faster.” Massimo Meregalli: “This morning was ok for us, in the dry conditions both Vale and Jorge were pretty fast and had no big complaints. In the afternoon Jorge continued to have a good pace and speed so he has a good set up in both conditions, wet and dry. Vale was struggling in wet so we need to work to find solutions for his wet setting. It’s very important because the weather forecast for the weekend is dry in the mornings and storms in the afternoons so we have to be ready for all conditions. We can see what the problem is in the data so we are confident we can find solutions overnight for tomorrow’s sessions.” COMBINED FREE PRACTICE RESULTS: 1.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    2’01.379 2.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Forward Racing    2’01.393 3.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    2’01.416 4.    Marc Marquez (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    2’01.670 5.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    2’01.716 6.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP    2’01.842 7.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    2’01.971 8.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    2’02.171 9.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2’02.209 10.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    2’02.248 11.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    2’02.597 12.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    2’02.627 13.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2’02.722 14.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    2’02.847 15.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2’02.898 16.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    2’02.935 17.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    2’03.220 18.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Drive M7 Aspar    2’03.787 19.    Alex De Angelis (RSM)    NGM Forward Racing    2’04.454 20.    Michael Laverty (GBR)    Paul Bird Motorsport    2’04.553 21.    Danilo Petrucci (ITA)    Octo IodaRacing Team    2’04.658 22.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    2’05.007 23.    Brok Parkes (AUS)    Paul Bird Motorsport    2’06.195 For more information: outfoto-1 outfoto-2 outfoto Read More