Movistar Yamaha Press Release: The inaugural Grand Prix of Argentina got underway today as the MotoGP paddock took its first official practice sessions on the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit. Yet again tire wear proved to be the biggest challenge of the day as both Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders experienced issues with the rear tire on the new circuit. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man in the first ever session in the morning, leading FP1 by nearly half a second with a fastest time of 1’42.804. Teammate Valentino Rossi was slower to find his pace on the track, ending the morning session in tenth with a 1’44.502. The afternoon saw big improvements from both, 9-time champion Rossi making the biggest step to finish in eighth with a fastest time of 1’41.395. Double MotoGP champion Lorenzo was just behind him in ninth with a 1’41.533. The team will now work to improve the set up for both to overcome the rear tire wear issues that proved to be the major issue of the day.
Valentino Rossi #46: 8th / 1’;41.395 / 31 laps “A difficult day here in Argentina at the new track. The conditions are not fantastic and we are struggling very much with the tires, especially the rear. In the afternoon it became a bit better and we worked well with the bike but we still haven’t found the right balance so we have to work to make it better. We have to concentrate on making the tire work harder as after a few laps the rear slides a lot. We hope the conditions of the track improve but we will also work to improve the setting of the bike for tomorrow.”
Jorge Lorenzo #99: 9th / 1’;41.533 / 25 laps “We are having problems with the tires because there is a lot of graining and the tires only have a good performance for 6 or 6 laps. In the morning I was the last one to put a tire in so I had a better grip at the end of the practice, that’;s why I was first. In the afternoon I was the opposite: I stayed with the old tire at the end of the session when everyone had a new one; that’s why our position was not so good. I think our real position is in the top 5 today. If we can make the tires last we will have an advantage.” Massimo Meregalli – Team Manager: “We started well this morning and both Jorge and Vale were clearly comfortable learning their way around a new circuit. As the pace began to drop in the afternoon we were able to identify where we need to improve, so we now have some work to do with the data gathered to start to close the gap to the front. In particular the tires are potentially an issue so we will work to adapt our set up to deal with this. I’m confident we can make some steps tomorrow to improve our pace.” COMBINED FREE PRACTICE RESULTS: 1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’;39.313 2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’;40.396 3. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’;40.566 4. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 1’;40.891 5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 1’;41.042 6. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’;41.303 7. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’;41.368 8. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’;41.395 9. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’;41.533 10. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing 1’;41.924 11. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’;42.029 12. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 1’;42.128 13. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 1’;42.348 14. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1’;42.608 15. Nicky Hayden (USA) Drive M7 Aspar 1’;42.621 16. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing 1’;42.739 17. Brok Parkes (AUS) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’;42.827 18. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati Team 1’;42.898 19. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 1’;43.106 20. Mike Di Meglio (FRA) Avintia Racing 1’;43.125 21. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 1’;43.151 22. Scott Redding (GBR) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’;43.165 23. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Drive M7 Aspar 1’;43.347 For more information: www.yamahamotogp.com