MotoGP Brno, Rossi: bad position but good sensations.

Looking at the time sheets, Valentino Rossi’s first day at Brno, at least on the dry track, seems to have been a disaster. His name is in 14th place, a full second behind the leader. However, sometimes appearances are misleading. At least that’s what the Doctor says.

The position is very bad, like has already happened other times this year, but the sensations are good - he points out - Let me explain. In FP2, I had a technical problem on one bike and I switched to the other, putting on the same tyres – intermediates that were already used because I had to compare the settings. That is why I didn’t improve at the end.

So the situation is under control.

In the hopes that tomorrow morning is dry, otherwise I’ll have to do Q1 - he warns - I still need to work on the M1, especially on the balance, but I already feel good in the saddle and my pace is not at all bad. Besides a few aches and pains, the long break did not make me suffer, partially because I have been watching videos for the last 10 days to remember how to ride” he jokes.

The first free practice session was held in the wet and it did not go badly. Valentino had finished with the 5th best time.

I’m rather happy with that session, because with the previous frame this year I always struggled in the wet - he remembers - Instead, in the morning I had good sensations and that is important because the weather forecast for Sunday is terrible.”

However, qualifying comes first and Rossi knows that he will need to take a clear step forward.

Tomorrow everyone will be faster and I would like to get a better feel for my potential - he says - Right now, my fastest rivals seem to be Marquez, Pedrosa and Crutchlow, in other words, the riders who tested here, but Folger also did very well.”

The Doctor reserves his last comment for the Ducati fairing.

I don’t want to criticize the rule, right or wrong as it may be, but the intent was to remove the appendages from the bikes and it seems to me that it solved very little. I’m sure that the engineers really like playing with these winglets” he laughs.

Source: http://gpone.com

FP2:

1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 56.332s [Lap 14/15] 310km/h (Top Speed)
2. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 56.730s +0.398s [12/12] 306km/h
3. 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 56.751s +0.419s [13/15]306km/h
4. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 56.862s +0.530s [15/15] 307km/h
5. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 56.864s +0.532s [14/16]309km/h
6. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 56.905s +0.573s [13/14]304km/h
7. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 56.933s +0.601s [11/13] 307km/h
8. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 56.961s +0.629s [10/11] 302km/h
9. 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 57.019s +0.687s [13/14] 305km/h
10. 
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 57.209s +0.877s [6/13] 304km/h
11. 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 57.289s +0.957s [12/12]302km/h
12. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 57.314s +0.982s [14/14]309km/h
13. 
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 57.378s +1.046s [11/14] 306km/h
14. 
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 57.396s +1.064s [14/14] 303km/h
15. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 57.637s +1.305s [13/15] 308km/h
16. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 57.869s +1.537s [16/16]307km/h
17. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 57.992s +1.660s [16/17] 297km/h
18. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 58.042s +1.710s [17/17] 304km/h
19. 
Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 58.179s +1.847s [15/16] 301km/h
20. 
Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 58.194s +1.862s [13/15] 302km/h
21. 
Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 58.437s +2.105s [16/18] 302km/h
22. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 58.638s +2.306s [11/13] 302km/h
23. 
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 59.382s +3.050s [10/13] 301km/h

FP1:

1. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 05.201s [Lap 19/20] 296km/h (Top Speed)
2. 
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 05.240s +0.039s [15/15] 293km/h
3. 
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 05.321s +0.120s [13/15] 296km/h
4. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 05.446s +0.245s [16/16] 287km/h
5. 
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 05.712s +0.511s [16/18] 293km/h
6. 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 05.845s +0.644s [18/18] 296km/h
7. 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 05.886s +0.685s [16/16]295km/h
8. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 05.896s +0.695s [10/17]298km/h
9. 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 05.922s +0.721s [10/11] 292km/h
10. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 05.984s +0.783s [15/15] 293km/h
11. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 06.126s +0.925s [15/20] 288km/h
12. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 06.147s +0.946s [13/17] 292km/h
13. 
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 06.261s +1.060s [14/14] 299km/h
14. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 06.429s +1.228s [13/14]295km/h
15. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 06.461s +1.260s [16/16]294km/h
16. 
Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 06.507s +1.306s [6/16] 296km/h
17. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 06.622s +1.421s [15/15] 292km/h
18. 
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2m 06.691s +1.490s [16/17] 297km/h
19. 
Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 07.013s +1.812s [20/21] 293km/h
20. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 07.078s +1.877s [15/15]290km/h
21. 
Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 07.157s +1.956s [12/15] 292km/h
22. 
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2m 07.613s +2.412s [17/17] 283km/h
23. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 07.801s +2.600s [15/17] 295km/h

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