Valentino rossi Yamaha FP1 report from MotoGP Qatar

The opening round of the 2013 MotoGP Championship began this evening at the Losail Circuit in Qatar. The first free practice wound up with Yamaha leading the class and dominating the top of the time sheets. Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was quick to find a set up on his YZR-M1 and spent the session challenging within the top few positions. As the track conditions improved in the last ten minutes so did the times, the Mallorcan taking the top spot in the last two minutes and increasing speed again to finish with an impressive 1’56.685.

Teammate Valentino Rossi’s first race weekend back on the YZR-M1 began in style this evening, the Italian nine-time MotoGP Champion took almost immediate possession of the number one spot on the timesheets and was only rarely troubled there throughout the session. Only teammate Lorenzo and fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow were able to contend for the fastest time, with all three ending the session within one tenth of a second from each other.

Jorge Lorenzo

1st / 1’56.685 / 16 laps

“It’s a very good way to start the season, on top. To have three Yamahas in the first three positions like in Jerez means this track can be positive for us. We need to improve though because the other guys will come in the next practice. We’ll make the step little by little by riding, improving the bike and also the track will improve. Today we tried both bikes and tomorrow we will try the new chassis here.”

Valentino Rossi

3rd / 1’56.756 / 18 laps

“The first practice was very positive for us, we are in third position and we are very close to Jorge. Our pace was ok, especially because I used just one set of tyres to understand if I could be fast with a lot of laps. The setting and balance of the bike is good so it looks like we can be competitive.”

Wilco Zeelenberg – Team Manager

“Our position is good, especially as the track is quite tricky and dirty, off line it’s quite slippery, but that’s normal here. To be on top and see the competitors struggling a little is good. We still have a step to make but we have to be satisfied in first position today!”

Massimo Meregalli – Team Director

“It’s a good beginning and the bike is working very well. This circuit really suits the YZR-M1. To see both riders consistently leading the practices means something positive. We’ll check the data now and make some small adjustments and see where we can go. The start has been good!”

MotoGP 2013 Losail, Qatar Free Practice Times

  1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) – Yamaha Factory Racing 1’56.685
  2. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) – Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’56.743
  3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) – Yamaha Factory Racing 1’56.756
  4. Marc Marquez (SPA) – Repsol Honda Team 1’57.276
  5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) – Ducati Team 1’57.538
  6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) – Go&Fun Honda Gresini 1’57.601
  7. Stefan Bradl (GER) – LCR Honda MotoGP 1’57.670
  8. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) – Repsol Honda Team 1’57.749
  9. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) – Power Electronics Aspar 1’57.843
  10. Nicky Hayden (USA) – Ducati Team 1’57.926
  11. Bradley Smith (GBR) – Monster Yamaha Tech3 1’58.369
  12. Andrea Iannone (ITA) – Pramac Racing Team 1’58.559
  13. Ben Spies (USA) – Pramac Racing Team 1’58.575
  14. Hector Barbera (SPA) – Avintia Blusens 1’59.608
  15. Randy De Puniet (FRA) – Power Electronics Aspar 1’59.633
  16. Karel Abraham (CZE) – Cardion AB Motoracing 1’59.758
  17. Colin Edwards (USA) – NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2’00.341
  18. Yonny Hernandez (COL) – Paul Bird Motorsport 2’00.426
  19. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) – Avintia Blusens 2’00.563
  20. Claudio Corti (ITA) – NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2’01.227
  21. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) – Came Iodaracing Project 2’01.438
  22. Bryan Staring (AUS) – Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2’01.942
  23. Lukas Pesek (CZE) – Came IodaRacing Project 2’02.079
  24. Michael Laverty (GBR) – Paul Bird Motorsport 2’02.135