Press releases after Sunday's dramatic MotoGP race at Misano from the teams and from Bridgestone:
The Doctor Performs a Misano Miracle
Misano Adriatico (Italy), 14th September 2014
The many thousand Valentino Rossi fans gathered at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli had their dreams come true today as their Movistar Yamaha MotoGP hero delivered a perfect race to take victory for the 'Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini'. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo came home in second to make it a perfect Yamaha one-two finish.
The Doctor made his intentions clear from the off with a flying start to move up from third to second into the first corner, tucked in behind teammate Lorenzo. An early attack by rival Marc Marquez was quickly dealt with and then with 25 laps to go he was able to pass Lorenzo to lead the race. Championship leader Marquez followed soon after and remained within half a second of Rossi until with 19 laps remaining he lost the front trying to keep up and crashed out, taking himself out of contention.
From that point the Doctor was unstoppable, building a gap of over two seconds to his chasing teammate, he held command of the race to the finish line to take his first race win since Assen last year, and Yamaha’s first MotoGP win of the season.
Teammate Lorenzo flew from his pole position on the grid to grab the holeshot into turn one, with Rossi following right behind. Having opted for the harder front tyre option he was unable to make a break and hold off Rossi in the early laps. Having seen rival Marquez crash out in front of him he then delivered a trademark Lorenzo race of consistency, holding his lap times a little over two seconds behind Rossi whilst gradually building a gap to Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso battling for third behind him. He crossed the finish line over four seconds ahead of them to take his seventh podium of the season and complete the Yamaha one-two finish.
Rossi’s 25 point score adds to his total to make him the first MotoGP rider ever to reach over 5,000 career championship points. He now sits on 214 in third position in the standings, just a single point behind Pedrosa in second. Lorenzo takes 20 points to bring him to a total of 177 in fourth position, 35 ahead of Dovizioso in fifth.
46 Valentino Rossi
1st / 44'14.586 / 28 laps
“I’m very happy for sure because it’s very special to win here in Misano in front of all the crowd and my family and friends. I’m very proud. I made it five years after the last time here, in the same way, fighting with Jorge. During the practice it looked like our Yamaha worked very well so we had a small advantage. I tried to the maximum and so I knew we could fight for victory, I knew for sure I would have to battle with Dani and Jorge and Marc. I tried to push from the start and at the end it was great to have the win more than one year later from my last. I always work hard and never give up and trust that days like this can happen. I have to say thank you to Yamaha, to all my team, to all my friends and all the crowd who support me, especially here in Misano.”
99 Jorge Lorenzo
2nd / +1.578 / 28 laps
“It’s been a tough race for me because we finally took a risk with the harder tyre. I’m happy with another podium but a bit disappointed because we thought we could fight for the victory. Right at the beginning, despite a good start I felt the front tyre didn’t give me the confidence to lean and also on braking. In Brno we risked also changing the tyre and the result was good but here we struggled much more. For me it was impossible to get the victory. Even if I tried to push at the maximum, when I saw Marc crash, I knew Valentino had a better pace today. Valentino had a perfect weekend at home and he deserved the win, it’s unbelievable at the age of 35! I’m also happy for the team because it’s been a long time without a 1-2. All the Yamaha guys are working really well and the bike is more competitive race by race. I would like to win too but we will have to wait.”
“I think we did an awesome job, we didn't start the weekend properly on Friday and struggled a lot. When the sunshine came out, we immediately sensed that Sunday was possibly going to be our day. The pace we showed on Saturday and in this morning’s warm up were a good signal. For me Vale made an impressive race, he put a lot of pressure on Marc, he crashed as he was trying so hard, but I think today Vale was unbeatable. Jorge chose a hard front tyre as yesterday he had a really good feeling with it. The circumstances were ok for that tyre spec but it didn't work as he hoped. In the end first and second is an amazing result, I need to thank everybody, from the first to the last team member, we worked hard all season, unfortunately we couldn’t win before but for sure we are going to taste this victory today as we deserve to.”
Pedrosa takes podium as Marquez slips-up and finishes 15th
It’s been a difficult weekend for the Repsol Honda Team in Misano but Dani Pedrosa managed to take third place and has now finished in the top five at the last 17 successive races. Championship leader, Marc Marquez, made an uncharacteristic error on lap ten and lost the front. He was able to restart but only managed to climb back to fifteenth and take one Championship point.
After a promising start, Marc steadily progressed up to second, after battling with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi. Dani dropped back to seventh from his fifth spot on the grid, but also made his way through the traffic and was up to fourth by lap eight. However, as Marc pushed to try and stay with race leader Valentino, he made a small mistake and lost the front in turn four at a fairly low speed, with the bike spinning out. He was able to pick the bike up but had trouble getting it started again. Finally race marshals arrived and managed to bump start him, but by this point the pack had disappeared.
Marc pushed hard to catch the back markers and was able to match the lap times being set by the from runners, but the distance was too great. He crossed the line in fifteenth and took a single Championship point. Dani meanwhile managed to hold off the aggressive Andrea Dovizioso for twenty-five of the twenty-eight laps finishing 1.234 seconds in front of the Italian and marking his 200th points scoring finish in Grand Prix racing, becoming just the fourth rider of all-time to reach this impressive milestone.
Marc maintains his lead in the Championship, but the gap is now decreased to 74 points over second place Dani, with Valentino now just 1 point behind him.
3rd - Championship Standing: 2nd - 215 points
“Today’s race was a very difficult one, and it was hard to do any more. Marc attempted to keep up with Valentino and Jorge but eventually he crashed trying - they were very strong here. This race also saw many problems for us with the front and rear, so there was little that we could do. From the opening laps I lost a lot of time in traffic, and that affected my entire race. I tried to do the best I could and still had difficulty sticking with Dovizioso, because he also lapped very quickly; eventually we were going as fast as the Valentino and Jorge. Now we have to take the positives from this weekend and hope that for the next race at Aragon, which is a track that I like, we have a better feeling and have a better race.”
15th - Championship Standing: 1st - 289 points
“I’m happy with how today went, despite the crash due to my first mistake of the season, because yesterday I did not think that I would be capable of sticking with the Valentino and Jorge. They had a little bit more pace, and today we were able to get fairly close to them. I saw the possibility of fighting with Valentino for the victory, but that was not possible in the end because of the mistake; I was riding over the inside of the rumble strip and that meant that I lost the front. Luckily I was able to rejoin the race, continue with a good pace and score a point that could always come in handy in the future.”
Dovizioso scores excellent fourth place in the TIM San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix, taking the flag just five-and-a-half seconds down on winner Rossi. Crutchlow finishes ninth
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) produced another fine performance today at Misano in the TIM San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix to finish fourth at the flag. The Italian rider, who started from row 2 of the grid after qualifying sixth yesterday, was fifth at the end of the opening lap behind fellow Ducati man Andrea Iannone and was then passed by Pedrosa on lap 4. Both riders moved ahead of the Pramac man on lap 8, and after Marquez’s crash, they found themselves in a battle for third. Constantly setting quick lap times, Dovizioso remained right on Pedrosa’s tail until the final lap, but he was unable to pass the Honda rider and had to settle for fourth ahead of Iannone, who was fifth at the flag.
Team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who started from row 5 with thirteenth-quickest time, finished the San Marino GP in ninth place after a good scrap with Bautista, Aleix Espargaro and Hernandez.
Dovizioso’s final gap from the winner Valentino Rossi was 5.510 seconds.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 4th
“I am so happy, I did a really great race! This weekend was actually quite a difficult one and I didn’t believe I could do such a race. I’d like to thank all the team because we are working so hard to try and make up the gap to the leaders, and slowly but surely we are succeeding. A gap of five seconds at the flag is like a dream, I didn’t think it was possible today. We’re not yet close enough to fight with the front runners and we still have to grit our teeth for the entire race. I tried to grab third place from Pedrosa until the very end but today I was really over the limit in certain parts, so fourth was OK!”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 9th
“Rather a disappointing result considering I felt we could have competed a bit better with some of the riders in front of us this weekend. I never had a good feeling at the start of the race with a full fuel tank and couldn’t stop the bike so well. Once the fuel load went down, we started to get a bit faster, but I made a lot of mistakes in the race, maybe ten seconds worth. Around lap 20 I felt I had a problem with the tyre so I had to slow down for two laps and check and then once I got going again I was doing my fastest laps in the race. Pity, hopefully we can have a better race weekend at Aragon.”
Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
“We are very satisfied with Dovizioso’s race! Today at Misano we managed to reduce the gap from the winner to five and a half seconds, and that is a very important result for us. Even Iannone finished the race in fifth place with a reasonable gap and both riders did a great race. Days like today fill us with more motivation and optimism, and we will continue to work hard all together to cut the gap to the frontrunners.”
Espargaro and Smith blaze to strong finishes at Misano
Pol Espargaro produced a mature and inspired ride to finish in 6th position in his first encounter of the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli aboard his Yamaha YZR-M1. The young Spaniard started round 13 of the MotoGP World Championship in a highly impressive manner by surging to 2nd position in the warm up, having just been beaten to the top spot in the dying seconds by Valentino Rossi. This left the rookie highly optimistic and ready for the 28 lap battle at the 4226 meter circuit which he began from 7th on the grid. As the lights flicked to green, Espargaro launched off the start line with promising speed and he completed the first lap in 6th position before setting his fastest time of the race on his 2nd lap. Right from the beginning of the 28 lap race, the Spanish rookie was able to build up a gap over the pack and with the lap numbers falling, Espargaro managed to maintain this placement until the finish flag. His capture of more valuable championship points lifts him back up to 6th in the standings after another impressive ride in his debut season in MotoGP.
On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 garage, Bradley Smith battled in the highly competitive field to finish in 7th position after a gruelling yet rewarding race at Misano. The young British rider started the day by beginning the race from 9th on the grid in ideal weather conditions at the San Marino circuit. Smith completed the first lap in 8th place, as he aimed to ascend up the field and make ground on the factory bikes. Unfortunately, the British star made a slight mistake going into turn seven on lap two, which caused him to slip back two positions. Yet, the 23 year old illustrated his determination to aggressively fight back to 8th only three laps later and proceeded to set his fastest time of the race on lap 8 whilst he intended to make ground on the rider in front. Smith’s consistency and seamless performance saw him catching up a further position before the fall of the finish flag. It was a positive result after the previous two rounds which gives him a boost of confidence before he heads to Aragon in two weeks time.
Position : 6th Championship : 6th Points : 98
Espargaro - Silverstone - 2014"To be honest I can't help but be slightly disappointed, although not about the result itself but about how the race went as I truly expected to be more competitive. With two dry sessions less than usual, we went into the unknown a bit and for sure the warmer temperatures were not ideal for the setup which we decided on. We chose to race the softer Bridgestone tyre and it would have probably been better to go for the harder compound considering the conditions this afternoon, but after the race it is easy to say so. However, we still managed to finish the race in 6th position and collect valuable points for the Championship which helped me to take 6th back from my brother and that is a really good feeling ahead of our next race in Aragon."
Position : 7th Championship : 10th Points : 74
"Even though 7th is not where I intend to be, it’s definitely positive after the challenging past two Grand Prix’s. Still, I am a little disappointed with the mistake I made on the 2nd lap as I went into turn 7 where I just out braked myself and lost two places. Later on, I recovered these positions, but the group of Pedrosa, the two Ducati’s and Pol were out of my reach plus with the lap times so close here it was difficult to come back. I tried to catch Pol but then I realised I wasn’t going to be able to get on the back of him, so instead of risking my point scoring position, I played it safe so that I could learn as much as possible and gather important data which we will use in Aragon. Considering how tough the weekend was here last year, the performance this time is a significant improvement but I want to be fighting for 5th. Therefore, there’s some more work to be done, but the team did a great job after a tricky Friday and now we will push onwards to close in on the Ducati’s."
Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :
"It was as if somebody wrote the script for today, with the first Yamaha win of the season happening in Misano by Rossi is something that everyone has dreamed of and I want to congratulate Yamaha for the brilliant job they did. Regarding the performances of our two riders, I am happy with what we achieved today. At the moment, this is where we are at even if we were all hoping that both Pol and Bradley could have been fighting with the Ducati’s of Dovizioso and Iannone today. However we have to admit that they have been slightly quicker than us this weekend. The boys did the best they could and I want to thank both Pol and Bradley for trying so hard after bringing the bikes home and collecting some really strong points for themselves and the team in the championship. This weekend we have once more collected precious experience and the guys always have to work really hard to get close to the level of Lorenzo and Rossi. Yet, we need to keep fighting and trying to assist our young riders in their learning process in the best possible way. The race event for us was not hugely exciting this weekend, but we leave knowing that we have done our best and that we did a solid job. Next we will head to Aragon to try to challenge for even higher positions."
Scott Redding: Disaster is the word of the weekend!
Misano, Italy – 14 September 2014: Scott Redding rode to a credible 14th place finish to add to his championship points tally, despite encountering a problem with the rear brake just three laps into today’s Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini at Misano.
The 21-year-old Briton lined up on the grid determined to finish as the top production Honda rider for the fifth time in a row, but missed out on this goal when the rear brake issue forced him off track. Redding quickly re-joined, but was then forced to compensate for the lack of rear brake, a particular problem through the faster turns at Misano where it is used to settle the bike in the turn.
Redding managed to work his way past the riders ahead of him, but his hopes of battling with the slower factory bikes were dashed, and he eventually took the chequered flag in 14th position.
Scott Redding // 13th
“Disaster is the word of the weekend for me. Sometimes this happens, however infrequently, but today’s race only proved to me that Misano was definitely one of these weekends. My start was not great but I wasn’t too concerned, as I knew it was not going to be possible to go with some of the factory bikes today. I just wanted to finish as top Open Class Honda once again and I was in a pretty good position to do that. I was feeling good, but then I had a problem with the rear brake three laps in and that forced me off track. After that the bike was difficult to ride, especially through the faster turns where I use the rear brake to keep the rear tyre on the track. At one point I was considering returning to the pits, but then I decided not to give up, worked my way past Laverty, Camier and De Angelis after finding a good rhythm on the bike, even though I was pretty much on the limit all the time. After three crashes I’m just happy to finish the weekend in once piece! Now we need to focus on the coming races because, despite the problems, the feeling with the bike did improve over the course of this weekend.”
BRADL FAILS TO FINISH THE MISANO GP
Misano, 14 September: without any doubt the LCR racer Stefan Bradl was hoping for a different race at the crowded Misano circuit with more than 54.000 fans celebrating Valentino Rossi’s extraordinary victory. Bradl failed to challenge the front riders as he fell out in lap seven. As happened in Mugello, the German was not able to perform as expected but he luckily escaped unhurt from the accident and will be back in action at Aragon circuit in less than two weeks.
Stefan: “I am very disappointed because we crashed in a very good situation. The race was good from the beginning because I took a good start from the forth row. I saw that I was faster than Aleix Espargaro but it took a while to pass him. Finally I made it and managed to close the gap with the front group quickly but suddenly, in turn 13 in a left corner, I lost the front. I am very sorry because the whole Team made an excellent job this weekend especially for Lucio. We could have done a good job finishing in 5th or 6th place because our lap time was quite fast”.
At Misano Iannone fifth and Hernandez closes the top ten
Pramac Racing Team ends a positive weekend at Misano. Andrea Iannone equaled his best result of the season and finished the race fifth and so did Yonny Hernandez, ending tenth.
At the start Andrea Iannone was overtaken by Rossi (winner of the day) and Marquez. He managed to keep the fourth position until the seventh lap when after a slight contact with Pedrosa he was passed by Pedrosa andDovizioso too. Andrea ended the race fifth after the crash of Marquez. The first few laps were difficult for the Italian rider, but was able to find a good rhythm, almost the same as the riders in front of him. This race is a good preview for the last races. In the overall standings Andrea is at 92 points like A. Espargaro.
Yonny Hernandez was the author of a good race that has allowed him to bring home some points and finish in the top ten. From the start Yonny has fought with Crutchlow and A. Espargaro for the tenth position he eventually gained also thanks to the crash of the Spaniard. Yonny is satisfied with his performance in general and is pleased to have obtained consistent results. Now ready for Aragon to be repeated!
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing)
"I knew I could not fight with Jorge and Vale, I tried anyway. With a full tank it was hard to ride. Unfortunately I found my rhythm a bit late because at the end I was riding on the same times as Dani and Dovi. Andrea’s bike was slightly faster than mine and was able to stay up with Pedrosa. My engine was not at its full potential but we knew it before the race that he had a less power. I am satisfied with this result, it is our lowest distance from the first rider this year and this confirm’s the improvements. It’s a good result and it’s a good thing for the future."
Yonny Hernandez (EnergyT.I. Pramac Racing)
"I'm thrilled to be able to finish in the top ten again! I had a good race with Crutchlow and I managed to stay with him until the tires started to drop. I have to work hard on the final part of the race and the tire life. This was a great weekend for me, I want to thank my team for all the work they have done. I can not wait to arrive at Aragon: there it will be a year that I race with the Ducati and Pramac Racing Team. "
Result of the season. Abraham holds his first win in Open class
Almost four years, Karel Abraham did not have on the head cap with laurels dedicated for best riders. After the Misano race it is not true anymore. The Czech rider of MotoGP finished on eleventh position in Misano, but at the first place, he gained trophy for the fastest rider of Open class and he stand by side by the best MotoGP riders of the race.
"Almost four years, Karel Abraham did not have on the head cap with laurels dedicated for best riders. After the Misano race it is not true anymore. The Czech rider of MotoGP finished on eleventh position in Misano, but at the first place, he gained trophy for the fastest rider of Open class and he stand by side by the best MotoGP riders of the race."
Marco Grana, Cardion AB chief mechanic
„This is fantastic day! For Karel as well as for me and also for the team. >From the middle to the end of the race Karel made a fantastic job. He was improving his best lap time from lap to lap and he overtook Ayoama within few laps. We tried to completely change the setup of front fork to find the solution of a front grip. And I must say we did very good choice. This result comes after two years of very hard work. I must express our thanks to Honda representatives, who give us the chance to show what we can do. Now we are looking forward to the next race to confirm our shape from Misano.“
BAUTISTA AND REDDING POWER THROUGH PROBLEMS TO TAKE VALUABLE POINTS AT MISANO
The Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini, held today at the Misano circuit, ended with the eighth place for Alvaro Bautista and the thirteenth for Scott Redding: both Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini riders faced a complicated race, but they were able to power through the problems, picking up important points for the championship standings.
Starting from the fourth row, Bautista was able to recover several positions, overtaking in the final stages Aleix Espargaro; however, a problem with the visor of his helmet prevented him to keep the eighth position, then regained after the crash of the countryman on the last lap.
His teammate, Redding, failed this time to be the top Open Class Honda - a result that he had claimed in the last five races - due to a problem with the rear brake that slowed him down since the third lap of the race.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (8th)
“Today we were not able to solve the problems we had during the weekend and it was very difficult to stop the bike into the corners; in addition, I lacked contact feeling with the tyres. I got the best we could under these conditions, fighting with some drivers, then with 10 laps to go I also had a problem with the visor of the helmet, which prevented me from seeing well and keeping my pace. For this reason, I couldn’t stay with Espargaro; Aleix then crashed on the last lap so I gained a position, closing eighth. I was not having a good feeling, but at least we finished the race and we collected some points. We must of course continue to work to better understand the reason for all these problems and try to find a solution, because at the moment the gap from the other riders remains high even if we push hard”.
SCOTT REDDING (13th)
“Disaster is the word for this weekend! Sometimes you have weekends like this and the race just proved to me that this was one of those weekends… My start was not great, but I was not worried about it, because this time I knew that it was not possible to go with some of the Factory guys, I just wanted to be the top Open Class Honda and I was in a pretty good position for that. I was feeling good, but on the third lap I had a problem with the rear brake and I went off the track. After that it was difficult to ride, especially on the fast corners where we use the rear brake to keep the rear down to the floor. I thought to enter the pit, but then I decided not to give up: I past Laverty, Camier and De Angelis, keeping a quite good rhytm, even though I was always on the limit. I’m just happy to finish the weekend in one piece, now we need to focus on the next races to come back a bit, because we had three crashes, but today we managed to get a good feeling with the bike despite the problem”.
“It was a race and, in general, a difficult weekend for both our riders: Bautista struggled with the same problems that have been annoying him for some races. Today his bike was very unstable and difficult to drive and it was clear. Alvaro always gives his best, but in these conditions it’s very difficult to ride and I’m aware of it, so I'm sorry for this. We have tried many different solutions, but at the moment with no results. Scott also faced a complicated day, after the two crashes yesterday he struggled more than expected, though all in all the points of the thirteenth place are important for his championship”.
Good 14th place for De Angelis in front of the home crowd. Unlucky race for Espargaro
It was a race two sides for the NGM Forward Racing Team at Misano with Alex De Angelis finishing 14th in front of his home crowd, while it was an unlucky race for Aleix Espargaro, who crashed on the very last lap when he was in 8th place.
Started from the third row, the Spaniard pushed hard from the beginning as he is used to do, but since the first laps he realized that there was something wrong with the rear. The bike was moving a lot and he lost some positions. In the second part of the race, he was able to recover, despite he was struggling a lot with the rear. He was in 8th position on the last lap, when he suddenly lost the rear with no warning and he crashed, fortunately without consequences.
It was a good race for Alex De Angelis, who finished 14th in front of the 55,000 spectators (over 88,000 in the weekend) who attended the San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini Grand Prix. Despite a painful wrist, he was able to manage the race and getting some good points for the championship.
With today’s result, Espargaro leaves Misano in 7th position in the championship but he is confident to recover in Aragon in 2 weeks time.
“Since the beginning of the race I realized that there was something wrong with the rear. I had less grip than this morning in the warm up and I struggled a lot. I managed to stay in 8th position but on the very last lap I suddenly lost the rear without warning. I’m really sorry”.
Alex De Angelis
“I’m happy because I could manage my rhythm throughout the whole race. Despite a painful wrist and the issues we had under braking, I tried to stay with Redding and recover positions. I pushed but I didn’t want to take too many risks as the priority was to finish the race and get some points, so I’m satisfied. Now it’s important to recover with the wrist to arrive in Aragon in the best shape".
Aoyama finishes twelfth despite lack of rear grip
DRIVE M7 Aspar rider enjoys excellent first half to race but has to consolidate in latter stages
Jorge Lorenzo started from pole position at Misano today but there proved to be no stopping Valentino Rossi from rolling back the years and taking a popular victory in front of his home crowd. Rossi gave chase to Lorenzo in the early laps, with Marc Márquez also battling for the lead until a crash on the ninth lap, before passing him and opening up a crucial advantage to seal victory on home soil for the first time since 2009. Lorenzo secured a Yamaha one-two for the first time this season, with Dani Pedrosa holding off Andrea Dovizioso for the final podium position.
Hiroshi Aoyama has taken big steps forward this weekend to overcome the issues he suffered at Silverstone, the Japanese rider setting a constant pace in the low 1'36s that looked certain to seal him the honour of finishing as the top 'Open' category rider. However, in the second half of the race the DRIVE M7 Aspar rider lost front grip and was eventually overpowered by Karel Abraham in the fight for eleventh position overall. Leon Camier also struggled for front grip throughout the race today and despite making up three positions in an explosive start he narrowly missed out on the points in sixteenth.
12th Hiroshi Aoyama: “It was a pretty tough race but my team did a great job with the set-up of the bike and I was able to push it hard from the start. Unfortunately in the second half of the race I lost a lot of grip from the front tyre, which hadn't happened all weekend so I didn't expect it. I tried to ride around the problem but by the end of the race I was losing half a second per lap. Abraham was able to catch and pass me and even though I tried to pass him back it was impossible. Despite all that we can be optimistic because we improved this weekend in comparison to Silverstone.”
16th Leon Camier: “I was happy with the start but I need to talk about my riding style with the technicians and work out why I am wearing out the front tyre so quickly. I put a lot of load on the front and it was tucking in every corner from the start of the race. The higher track temperatures today and a full tank wasn't a good combination. I need to keep working hard to understand this bike and I need to learn how to manage my speed in corner entry. Obviously I have had to take on a lot of new things in a short space of time but I would still like to be faster. We encounter different tracks and different conditions every week but I need to find a way to be more consistent.”
Another Double Finish For PBM In Misano
Round 13 of the MotoGP World Championship saw Penrith-based PBM MotoGP team riders Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes in action at Misano for the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini where once again they scored a double finish.
Despite inclement weather during Friday's Free Practice, Ulsterman Laverty, on the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed Aprilia ART-powered PBM was 15th in session one and was also on the pace in the second session before continuing his form into Saturday's drier conditions where he slotted onto row six of the grid.
Australian team-mate Parkes, on the Silkolene-backed PBM, could not find a good setting but did manage to improve and qualified in 20th place on row seven of the grid.
Former British Supersport Champion Laverty got a great start and held 19th for the opening laps before climbing the leaderboard to run in 17th for most of the race as Parkes, twice runner-up in the World Supersport Championship, chased him hard.
As the race progressed, Laverty suffered rear brake problems and Parkes' rear tyre started to deteriorate although the pair crossed the line with Laverty gamely battling to 17th and Parkes just one place behind him at the flag.
The results see Parkes maintain his 20th position overall in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship table, seventh in the Open class standings and third in Rookie of the Year. Laverty still occupies 23rd place and 11th in the Open class. Importantly for the PBM team, they hold fifth place in the manufacturer's table and 11th in the team's standings.
The PBM MotoGP team is next in action at the Aragon in Spain next weekend for round 14 of the series.
Michael Laverty: "It was a difficult race for me today, I expected to have more pace but I struggled to stop the bike in the early stages. I was working the rear brake really hard and it overheated before mid-distance and I struggled a lot once I lost the rear brake. It didn't change the end result massively, I may have gained a position but like I've always said I can go home happy when I get the maximum out of myself and the bike and today I didn't achieve that."
Broc Parkes: "We got a good start and in the first corner we were in the battle, then one guy crashed next to me and the bike went so high in the air, but luckily it didn't hit me. We were behind the Hondas and Michael and the next lap Petrucci crashed right in front of me and his bike nearly cleaned me up. Luckily I saw it coming and just missed it but I dropped a couple of seconds. My pace in the first half of the race wasn't too bad; I was running with a couple of the Hondas and Michael up to half race. In the last half I had no grip as I've been struggling with for the last couple of races. It's definitely improved, we're going forward and its more positive, I had a good battle with Barbera in the later part of the race, it was nice to battle with somebody but we still need to make another step up for Aragon"
Phil Borley, Technical Director: "We were hoping for a better race today after a positive qualifying, but the times were not quite as good as we were expecting, possibly due to the higher temperatures. Michael struggled with corner entry and had a rear brake problem mid race, and Broc also had problems with corner entry. However it was another double finish and we will analyse the data to improve our settings for the next race."
Rossi revels in Italian renaissance after remarkable Misano victory
Round 13: San Marino and Rimini MotoGP™ - Race
Misano, Sunday September 14 2014
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 24-24°C; Track 36-37°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Valentino Rossi had the Italian fans rejoicing at Misano after the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP star won his first race of the season in an intriguing San Marino and Rimini Grand Prix.
Starting from the front row, Rossi was engaged in a thrilling three-way battle for the lead in the early stages of the race with teammate Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, with Rossi taking the race lead on the fourth lap. After fending off an attack from Marquez - who crashed at turn four while challenging for first place before re-joining the race – Rossi was able to build a gap over Lorenzo and ultimately crossed the finish line 1.578 seconds ahead of his teammate, with the pair ensuring a 1-2 finish for Yamaha. In third place at Misano was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniard crossing the finish line another couple of seconds behind the leading pair.
Today was the warmest day of the race weekend, although the peak track temperature of 37°C recorded during the race was just 3°C higher than yesterday’s peak. As a result, the race tyre choice was similar to what the riders used during race simulations in yesterday’s Free Practice 4 session. Front tyre choice was quite consistent throughout the twenty-three riders on the grid for the race, with all riders except Jorge Lorenzo selecting the medium compound front slick, with the Spaniard instead selecting the hard compound front. Rear tyre choice was split evenly across the grid, with twelve riders selecting the medium compound rear slick, and the other eleven riders selecting the soft compound rear slick.
Although he only claimed a single point at Misano, Marquez still maintains a seventy-four point lead in the championship standings over teammate Pedrosa with five rounds remaining. Courtesy of his first win of the season Rossi closes the gap to Pedrosa to just two points as the battle for second place in the championship intensifies.
Kyota Futami – General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“Congratulations to Valentino on an amazing victory in front of his home crowd today and also to Yamaha for such a dominant performance resulting in a well-deserved double podium. It was unfortunate to see Marquez crash out during the race, but credit to him for fighting back to claim a valuable championship point and I am sure he will be challenging back at the front at the next round in Aragon. Today was a real special moment for MotoGP and has added yet another fascinating chapter to what has been a thrilling season. ”
Shinichi Yamashita – General Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“As we expected the weather was warmer today, but the track temperatures weren’t high enough to influence a change in tyre strategy for the riders, with almost everyone selecting the same tyre combination that they used during their race simulations yesterday in FP4. I’m very happy with how our tyres performed today, with consistent pace over the twenty-eight laps and seven riders being able to set their quickest lap in the second half of the race.”
Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – Race Winner
“I’m very happy to win today, especially here at Misano in front of my fans, family and friends. During the practice sessions, our Yamaha and my team were working very well and I felt that we had a small advantage at Misano. Yesterday and today I felt very strong and knew I could fight for the victory, but realised it would be a tough fight with the other riders. I gave my maximum at the beginning of the race and knew that if I could resist the other riders I had a chance as my pace was good, and in the end I couldn’t want for anything more from today.”