MotoGP Motegi, Rossi: help Vinales? We'll see.

The long break prior to the Far Eastern triple-header has done Valentino good. He's been able to make the most of the time off and get back into shape. The Doctor has arrived in Japan in much better shape than he was at Aragon. His crutches are a distant memory.

I suffered a bit after the Spanish race, but that was to be expected- he explains - Having an extra week off was important for me. Usually I don't like it because you lose the rhythm but this time it was an advantage for me”.

How are you feeling?
My leg is good, I'm still struggling a little to walk but haven't had any really problems, not even with the traveling. I'm definitely better than I was at Aragon”.

Have you been able to train on the bike?
Yes, at Misano on the R1 and then on Saturday I was back at the Ranch. I have more problems on the flat track bike, because I'm in pain when I put my foot down”.

Now attention turns to MotoGP and the 3 consecutive races…
“It's a special time, you have to bear in mind that the races are one after the other. The most important thing is that we're racing at three beautiful tracks, which each have a really great atmosphere”.

The title may be decided and you, Lorenzo and Pedrosa could be arbitrators.
Jorge has been quick in the last races, Dani too, I hope to be able to do the same. We can definitely have an important role in terms fo the standings, taking points from one rider rather than other. But I think in the end, each rider will run his own race”.

Will we see any team orders?
It's always difficult, we need to see if Ducati, Honda and Yamaha ask for that”.

If they were to ask you to help Vinales, what would you say?
I don't know, it would depend on the situation. I don't know what I'd say right now”.

Have you ever played assistant?
I don't recall, Yamaha has never asked me to”.

You definitely didn't help Jorge here at Motegi in 2010…
That was a great battle (he laughs). But Lorenzo had a big lead and Pedrosa didn't take part in the race due to injury”.

Why are these last 4 races of the season so important to you?
To work ahead of next season, because the M1 is still suffering later in the race in terms of tyre wear. So it's important to focus on this problem now. To solve it, we need to work on the electronics but also on the frame and on weight distribution. I don't expect anything new between now and Valencia, but I hope we are able to be competitive anyway”.

On paper, which track should cause the least problems?
This one, Motegi, but the weather forecast is bad. It's a shame because last year I was fast until I crashed. Rain worries me, because this season I've never been particularly fast in the wet. It could be a good opportunity to work on this aspect”.

Vinales also seems in difficulty. Since the summer break he's the only top rider to have not led in a race…
Maverick seems to have more difficulty early on in the race and then he improves in the final stages. He was fast at Misano in the dry, but then unfortunately it rained in the race. The Yamaha's always been fast at these three tracks though, he can be competitive”.

Source: http://gpone.com

MotoGP Aragon, Rossi: Better on the MotoGP bike than the factory R1.

“It was a positive day - Rossi clarifies straight away - From the morning I was already feeling good in the saddle and to be honest I didn’t know what to expect, because I hadn’t been on the M1 in leathers since the injury. But the ergonomics of this bike are tailor designed for me and I felt better than on the R1.”

What were your sensations when you started riding?
“I didn’t feel much pain, but the best thing is that after the two sessions the leg did not swell. I feel pretty good.”

Did the wet track help you?
“Physically it is easier to ride in those conditions; it’s less demanding, so it was better to start like that. On the other hand, it is more dangerous and easier to make mistakes. I held back a bit out of fear and left a bit of margin. I didn’t brake on the kerbs and I didn’t even try to turn the bike when I went a little long on the braking sections, which is what you normally do when you ride at the limit. I was a bit more prudent than usual because I am already pleased to be here and to be riding.”

Were you able to allay some doubts with these two sessions?
“No, because riding in the wet is different than riding on a dry track. You hang off the bike a lot less and that is one of the areas where I struggle the most because of the injury.”

Can you tell if you’ll be able to last race distance?
“If it’s a wet race I don’t think I’ll have any particular problems, but with a dry track everything changes. For example, on the braking sections I need to stress the arm and shoulders more because I can’t push on my legs. On a dry track it will be more tiring.”

So do you think you’ll try a long run tomorrow?
“If I am really able to do those 23 laps … then it will be best to save them for Sunday (he laughs). I think I’ll follow a normal work schedule in FP3, trying to dial in the bike and figure out my potential and then try to put on the soft tyres in the finale. The first hurdle will be to get into the top 10, but I really have no idea if I’ll be able to do it. To understand my stamina, I’ll need to trust my sensations.”

Have you modified the bike in some way?
“I used the footpegs in a lower position, but I think that I’ll go back to the standard ones already tomorrow.”

Source: http://gpone.com

FP2:

1. ^1 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 59.858s [Lap 8/10] 324km/h (Max)
2. 
^4 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 00.072s +0.214s [10/12] 325km/h
3. = Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 00.320s +0.462s [16/16] 323km/h
4. 
˅3 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 00.459s +0.601s [7/9] 326km/h
5. ^9 Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 2m 00.471s +0.613s [13/15] 326km/h
6. 
^1 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 00.482s +0.624s [11/13] 328km/h
7. ^5 Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 00.585s +0.727s [10/11] 319km/h
8. 
^2 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 00.962s +1.104s [4/6] 324km/h
9. 
^6 Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 01.015s +1.157s [5/7] 322km/h
10. 
^7 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 01.042s +1.184s [8/10] 327km/h
11. 
^8 Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 2m 01.103s +1.245s [13/16] 328km/h
12. 
˅8 Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 01.149s +1.291s [3/7] 322km/h
13. 
^11 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 01.350s +1.492s [11/14] 322km/h
14. 
˅5 Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 01.471s +1.613s [10/11] 322km/h
15. ˅10 Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 01.492s +1.634s [12/12] 326km/h
16. 
˅5 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 2m 01.516s +1.658s [10/11] 325km/h
17. 
^3 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 01.632s +1.774s [12/12] 324km/h
18. ˅5 Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 01.745s +1.887s [13/14] 325km/h
19. 
˅11 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 2m 01.810s +1.952s [9/14] 328km/h
20. ˅2 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 01.917s +2.059s [6/13] 321km/h
21. ^2 Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 02.077s +2.219s [15/16] 323km/h
22. 
˅6 Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 02.392s +2.534s [16/18] 326km/h
23. 
˅2 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 2m 02.677s +2.819s [5/12] 318km/h
24. 
˅2 Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 2m 02.935s +3.077s [13/16] 326km/h

FP1:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 01.243s [Lap 9/10] 324km/h (Max)
2. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 01.741s +0.498s [10/11] 326km/h
3. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 02.028s +0.785s [11/17] 324km/h
4. 
Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 02.099s +0.856s [6/11] 323km/h
5. Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 02.294s +1.051s [10/11] 326km/h
6. 
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 02.386s +1.143s [10/10] 324km/h
7. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.718s +1.475s [9/10] 321km/h
8. 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 2m 02.917s +1.674s [9/10] 327km/h
9. 
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 02.957s +1.714s [5/10] 323km/h
10. 
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 03.093s +1.850s [5/9] 323km/h
11. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 2m 03.320s +2.077s [12/12] 324km/h
12. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 03.344s +2.101s [9/9] 319km/h
13. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 03.494s +2.251s [12/12] 323km/h
14. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 2m 03.545s +2.302s [13/13] 318km/h
15. 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 03.613s +2.370s [7/7] 320km/h
16. 
Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 03.673s +2.430s [13/15] 325km/h
17. 
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 03.694s +2.451s [9/12] 324km/h
18. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 04.066s +2.823s [6/8] 319km/h
19. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 2m 04.094s +2.851s [9/10] 326km/h
20. 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 04.098s +2.855s [9/10] 322km/h
21. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 2m 04.525s +3.282s [4/6] 316km/h
22. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 2m 04.609s +3.366s [9/12] 325km/h
23. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 04.625s +3.382s [6/13] 322km/h
 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) [0/0]

Valentino Rossi breaks his silence: "See you in Aragon".

"Fortunately, yesterday I had a good test with my YZF-R1M in Misano - commented the Yamaha rider - I tried also the day before, but rain stopped me after a few laps. Yesterday I managed to complete 20 laps and find the answers I was looking for. In the end, the test was positive and I want to say thanks to Dr. Lucidi and his staff, who helped me find the best solutions to feel the least amount of pain possible in my leg when I’m riding."

It wasn't easy for the nine-time champion though: “Obviously at the end of the test I was in a little bit of pain, but this morning I went to Dr. Pascarella for a medical check, and it came out with a positive result. At the end I decided I will leave for Aragón and will try to ride my M1 this weekend. If I will be declared fit to ride, I'll have the real answer after FP1, because riding the M1 will be a much bigger challenge. We'll see. See you in Aragon!"

Source: http://gpone.com

Valentino after surgery: I already feel good.

Via a press release, Valentino Rossi has reassured everyone as to his state of health following surgery last night in Ancona, at the Ospedali Riuniti.

"The surgery went well. This morning, when I woke up, I felt already good - he said - I would like to thank the staff of the Ospedali Riuniti in Ancona, and in particular Doctor Pascarella who operated on me. I'm very sorry for the incident. Now I want to be back on my bike as soon as possible. I will do my best to make it happen."

Rossi underwent surgery between 2am and 3am, performed by Dr. Raffaele Pascarella, Director of the Orthopedics and Traumatology Division. During the surgery the fractures were set using a metal pin without any complications.

Valentino operated on during the night in Ancona.

Following confirmation of a fractured right tibia and fibula, Valentino Rossi was transported from the Ospedale Civile in Urbino to the Torrette hospital in Ancona. The rider has already undergone surgery to reduce the fractures.

At 11am, professor Raffaele Pascarella will hold a press conference to provide an initial update on Rossi's condition; a medical report will also be issued.

Enduro injury for Rossi: suspected leg fracture.

Another off-road injury for Valentino Rossi, this time while riding an enduro bike. The Doctor was doing some off-road training with the other VR46 Riders Academy riders, when he crashed, hitting his leg hard. He has been taken to hospital in Urbino for further tests as he has a suspected fracture to his right tibia and fibula, the same leg he injured at Mugello in 2010.

The accident comes just a few days before the Misano GP, as happened back in May when he injured himself while riding his MX bike just before Mugello.

MotoGP Silverstone, Rossi: Frustrating to lose after so many laps in the lead.

Yesterday Valentino had indicated the third step of the podium as the best possible result and that is where he finished today, but after 17 out of 20 laps leading the race, perhaps he expected more. “I’ll admit it. I had begun to taste victory in my mouth and until 5 laps from the end I thought I could do it” he admits.

Then what happened?
“It’s always the usual problem. There was deterioration in the finale so I had to slow down a few tenths and that was enough for Andrea and Maverick to overtake me, without being able to counterattack. It was frustrating.”

Are you angry?
No, if anything a bit disappointed. Anyway, a podium is a nice way to celebrate my 300 Grand Prix races in the premier class, plus I know that I gave it my all. I rode well and I didn’t make any mistakes. There was nothing more I could have done today.”

It wasn’t a mistake to play the role of the hare?
I would have preferred to stay behind Marquez and Crutchlow, catch a tow from them, but when you think about one thing, the opposite always happens (he laughs). At the end of the day, it went fine like this. I stayed out of trouble and I wasn’t pushing to the limit. I was riding smoothly.”

Viñales placed his bet on the soft rear tyre. Was that the right choice?
To be honest, the 3 options that Michelin brings are very similar to one another. The choice is very personal. It depends on the riding style of each rider and his weight. From what my crew chief Galbusera says, they are very similar to the Pirelli tyres in that sense. In any case, I would not have been faster with the soft.

Have you changed your mind about your chances for the Championship after this result?
I am still sceptical and realistic. A gap of 26 points is not a lot, but I am 4th in the standings and we still have the problem of the final laps. It is a technical limit and I will give my full support to solve it. It is something that happened to me on the Yamaha with Michelins 10 years ago, before switching to the Bridgestones. We need to get the rear tyre to work better.”

So what is the primary goal?
Getting back to winning before thinking about the title, being protagonists in the races like we were here. In the end, the result today was above my expectations.

Who are the favourites for the title?
Dovizioso and Marquez. I understand very well what Marc went through today. The same happened to me last year at Mugello and I was desperate. When you crash you take the blame and you know that it can also happen to others, but with a blown engine everything is different.”

Is Dovizioso surprising you?
A bit. It had been a while since he had won… but now he is getting a taste for it, I even said that to him (he laughs). Andrea has great talent and dedication to the job.”

Misano awaits…
It is nice for Italy and I would like to have a nice duel against Dovi, because lately when he passes me he is too fast then (he laughs). There is respect between the two of us. On the track he is aggressive, but he is also a fair rival.

Make a prediction for the Championship…
I would like us to arrive in Valencia with 5 riders tied for points and then I would like free practice, qualifying and warm up to be sunny… and then I’d like it to chuck down rain for the race (he laughs).”

Source: http://gpone.com

RACE:

1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 40m 45.496s 
2. 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 40m 45.610s 
3. 
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 40m 46.245s 
4. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 40m 47.175s 
5. 
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 40m 49.004s 
6. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 40m 52.497s 
7. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 40m 56.440s 
8. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 40m 59.123s 
9. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 41m 1.157s 
10. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 41m 10.775s 
11. 
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 15.832s 
12. 
Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 17.105s 
13. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 41m 17.441s 
14. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 41m 19.063s 
15. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 41m 19.397s 
16. 
Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 28.508s 
17. 
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 41m 34.179s 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) DNF 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) DNF 
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF 
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) DNF 
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* DNF 

Riders' World Championship:

1. ^1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 183 points 
2. 
˅1 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 174 points (-9)
3. 
= Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 170 points (-13)
4. 
= Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 157 points (-26)
5. 
= Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 148 points (-35)
6. = Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 109 points (-74)
7. 
= Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (GP17) 90 points (-93)
8. 
^1 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 89 points (-94)
9. ˅1 Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 77 points (-106)
10. 
= Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 75 points (-108)
11. 
= Alvaro Bautista SPA Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 58 points (-125)
12. 
^3 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 45 points (-138)
13. 
˅1 Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 43 points (-140)
14. 
˅1 Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 43 points (-140)
15. 
˅1 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 39 points (-144)
16. 
= Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 33 points (-150)
17. = Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 28 points (-155)
18. 
= Tito Rabat SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 27 points (-156)
19. 
= Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 26 points (-157)
20. 
= Hector Barbera SPA Reale Avintia (GP16) 23 points (-160)
21. = Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 19 points (-164)
22. 
= Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 8 points (-175)
23. = Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 7 points (-176)
24. 
= Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 6 points (-177)
25. = Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2 points (-181)
26. = Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1 points (-182)

MotoGP Silverstone, Rossi not convinced: At the most I'll battle for 3rd place.

The lap in qualifying was extraordinary, just 84 thousandths from Marquez’s record, but Valentino does not feel much like celebrating. His thoughts are already on the race and a fast time is not enough to erase his doubts.

I pulled the rabbit from the hat. That time was a surprise for me too and that is not good news - the Doctor admits - I would say that lap is a child of yesterday, when I felt good on the bike and had sized up the right references. Today did not go as well.

What happened?
Yesterday we had arrived at a good level, but when we tried to go beyond that and improve, we were unable to do so and that worries me.”

Is the rain that fell during the night to blame, worsening track conditions?
That would be the most logical thing. Today the temperatures were lower and when the track is in less than perfect conditions, we struggle. This is another area to work on for the future. However, if I’m completely honest, it seemed to me that the asphalt had more grip today than yesterday.”

So what is the goal for tomorrow?
At the most, I’ll battle for the 3rd step of the podium, provided everything goes well. Right now, Marquez and Crutchlow are clearly 2 or 3 tenths faster in terms of pace, and then I am in a big group of riders behind them.”

Are you thinking about Ducati?
Yes, Dovizioso and Lorenzo have a pace similar to mine, as do Viñales, Zarco, and I haven’t forgotten Pedrosa.”

What worries you?
The problem is always the same one: rear tyre wear. We are able to be fast in the initial phases of the race, but then we run into trouble.”

You still have the warm up. It will be later than usual…
I’ll get an extra hour of sleep and that could change my whole day (he laughs). All joking aside, the conditions will be similar to race conditions and we will try something different. We will try to patch things up, but then we’ll need to work with the Yamaha engineers to solve the problems for the future.”

Ducati and Honda have a third factory bike. Wouldn’t that be useful for you too?
Crutchlow does do a lot of work, even testing on different tracks. There are pros and cons. With our bike, Folger and Zarco would also have fun (he laughs).”

Viñales admitted that he has an eye on Tech3 for tyre choice…
I look at their data sometimes too because I like to understand the reason behind certain results. Tyre choice is very personal, though. Plus, Zarco has a completely different riding style than mine, whereas Folger is more similar.”

Everyone says that it will be a very physical race. Is your age a limitation in this sense?
Unfortunately, every year it is more and more difficult, but more training is all it takes. Riding a MotoGP bike is undoubtedly tiring, but I don’t feel like I am in any worse shape. Plus, in the race other factors come into play. For example, a good set up or the adrenaline rush when you are battling for a good position makes everything easier.”

Source: http://gpone.com

Q2:
1. 
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 59.941s [Lap 5/6] 320km/h (Max)
2. 
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 0.025s +0.084s [6/7] 325km/h
3. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 0.106s +0.165s [5/6] 320km/h
4. 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 0.341s +0.400s [6/7] 326km/h
5. 
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 0.399s +0.458s [5/6] 320km/h
6. 
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 0.572s +0.631s [5/6] 328km/h
7. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 0.578s +0.637s [6/7] 322km/h
8. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 0.622s +0.681s [6/7] 322km/h
9. 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 0.764s +0.823s [6/7] 323km/h
10. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 0.829s +0.888s [3/7] 321km/h
11. 
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 1.378s +1.437s [2/3] 323km/h
12. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 2m 1.994s +2.053s [5/6] 323km/h

Q1:
13. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 01.285s 321km/h
14. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 2m 01.340s 329km/h
15. 
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 01.567s 324km/h
16. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 2m 01.669s 328km/h
17. 
Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 01.672s 324km/h
18. 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 2m 01.770s 325km/h
19. 
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 02.017s 318km/h
20. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 2m 02.037s 325km/h
21. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 2m 02.185s 320km/h
22. 
Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 02.211s 324km/h
23. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 02.787s 318km/h

FP4:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 01.060s [Lap 8/9] 320km/h (Max)
2. 
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 01.718s +0.658s [9/12] 328km/h
3. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 01.740s +0.680s [9/12] 322km/h
4. 
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 01.778s +0.718s [6/12] 321km/h
5. 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 01.829s +0.769s [12/13] 326km/h
6. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 01.835s +0.775s [7/15] 322km/h
7. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 01.954s +0.894s [6/13] 321km/h
8. 
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 02.089s +1.029s [9/13] 323km/h
9. 
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 02.109s +1.049s [8/12] 322km/h
10. 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 2m 02.306s +1.246s [10/13] 325km/h
11. 
Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 02.378s +1.318s [9/12] 320km/h
12. 
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 02.503s +1.443s [11/13] 323km/h
13. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 02.512s +1.452s [4/12] 321km/h
14. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 2m 02.741s +1.681s [9/11] 327km/h
15. 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 02.864s +1.804s [4/9] 319km/h
16. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.871s +1.811s [11/13] 322km/h
17. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 2m 03.007s +1.947s [3/13] 323km/h
18. 
Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 03.262s +2.202s [4/13] 322km/h
19. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 03.271s +2.211s [9/11] 317km/h
20. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 2m 03.320s +2.260s [4/8] 327km/h
21. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 2m 03.401s +2.341s [4/8] 323km/h
22. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 2m 03.612s +2.552s [5/6] 316km/h
23. 
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 04.246s +3.186s [6/9] 318km/h

FP3:
1. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 01.734s [Lap 16/16] 321km/h (Max)
2. 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 01.877s +0.143s [7/8] 328km/h
3. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 02.088s +0.354s [9/10] 321km/h
4. 
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 02.208s +0.474s [9/9] 328km/h
5. 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 2m 02.287s +0.553s [7/7] 326km/h
6. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.318s +0.584s [9/10] 322km/h
7. 
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.513s +0.779s [12/12] 322km/h
8. 
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 02.530s +0.796s [8/9] 325km/h
9. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.602s +0.868s [12/12] 324km/h
10. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 2m 02.818s +1.084s [7/8] 324km/h
11. 
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 02.852s +1.118s [15/16] 323km/h
12. 
Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 02.871s +1.137s [13/14] 322km/h
13. 
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 02.946s +1.212s [7/7] 320km/h
14. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 02.965s +1.231s [7/7] 321km/h
15. 
Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 03.029s +1.295s [11/13] 322km/h
16. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 03.187s +1.453s [9/10] 321km/h
17. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 2m 03.352s +1.618s [8/8] 328km/h
18. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 2m 03.362s +1.628s [11/12] 320km/h
19. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 2m 03.757s +2.023s [13/13] 328km/h
20. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 2m 03.798s +2.064s [6/7] 324km/h
21. 
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 03.919s +2.185s [5/6] 323km/h
22. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 04.242s +2.508s [7/8] 318km/h
23. 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) No Time [0/0] 0km/h

MotoGP Silverstone, Rossi: Nice surprise, but I haven't changed my mind.

The sun came out over Silverstone, even metaphorically for Valentino. Yesterday, the Doctor was pessimistic, but is 2nd best time today at Silverstone lifted his spirits and even his physical troubles (stomach ache and nausea) disappeared.

In Austria we had to be fast, but instead things went differently. With the same settings here, I am fast. It has gone like that often this year. On some tracks you don’t have the right feeling and on others everything goes well.”

The English track falls under the second category, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer and Rossi has not changed his mind about what he said yesterday.

I was talking about the title and realistically, succeeding at making up 33 points on a Marquez who has won 2 of the last 3 races, while I have not even finished on the podium, is hard - he points out - The first goal for me is to ride well and to be competitive. I know that there are still a lot of races left and anything can happen.”

Today he took the first step in that direction, but what did the transformation depend on?

On one hand, the Misano test helped me, where we worked on electronics and traction control - the answer came - On the other, on this track the M1 works well. Having the sun come out was a surprise for everyone. Riding at Silverstone in these conditions is exciting.”

The Doctor took the best possible advantage of the available time, working with the team especially on race strategy.

I started well and that will let me focus on details - he explains - I tried both the medium and the hard tyre on the rear, turning 13 or 14 laps with them, and the sensations stayed good, as did the times. I know that others put on the soft as well and I think that for the race the choices are wide open on the 3 options. The important thing will be to get all our ducks in a row in order to keep improving through Sunday.”

Also because he has the usual rivals and they are not just standing on the sidelines watching.

Right now, Marquez and Crutchlow seem to be the fastest, with Viñales and me a few tenths behind - he analyses - Pedrosa is father back, but he doesn’t seem to be doing badly, whereas I haven’t quite figured out Dovizioso and Lorenzo’s sessions. Maybe they are a few tenths behind, but they can catch up.”

Source: http://gpone.com

FP2:

1. ^2 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 00.897s [Lap 13/15] 320km/h (Max)
2. 
^3 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 01.138s +0.241s [17/18] 320km/h
3. 
˅2 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 01.168s +0.271s [16/17] 324km/h
4. 
^4 Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 01.592s +0.695s [12/13] 322km/h
5. ˅1 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 01.611s +0.714s [6/13] 320km/h
6. 
˅4 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 01.655s +0.758s [14/17] 320km/h
7. 
^6 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 01.832s +0.935s [16/17] 322km/h
8. ˅1 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 01.885s +0.988s [14/18] 320km/h
9. 
^1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 01.893s +0.996s [14/17] 323km/h
10. 
˅1 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 2m 01.933s +1.036s [16/16] 322km/h
11. 
^7 Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 01.974s +1.077s [14/16] 323km/h
12. = Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 02.072s +1.175s [18/18] 321km/h
13. 
˅7 Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 2m 02.097s +1.200s [16/18] 326km/h
14. ^3 Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 2m 02.098s +1.201s [13/16] 323km/h
15. 
= Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 2m 02.202s +1.305s [15/16] 320km/h
16. 
^3 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 2m 02.250s +1.353s [17/18] 328km/h
17. 
˅3 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.408s +1.511s [15/15] 321km/h
18. 
˅7 Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 02.507s +1.610s [12/16] 322km/h
19. ˅3 Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 02.580s +1.683s [14/14] 319km/h
20. 
^2 Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 2m 02.735s +1.838s [13/17] 326km/h
21. 
˅1 Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 02.860s +1.963s [14/19] 324km/h
22. ^1 Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 03.475s +2.578s [12/14] 316km/h
23. 
˅2 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 04.429s +3.532s [15/17] 318km/h

FP1:

1. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 02.130s [Lap 15/15] 321km/h (Max)
2. 
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 02.649s +0.519s [12/15] 317km/h
3. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.769s +0.639s [12/16] 319km/h
4. 
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.857s +0.727s [15/17] 321km/h
5. 
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 2m 02.995s +0.865s [12/16] 320km/h
6. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 2m 03.025s +0.895s [16/16] 325km/h
7. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 03.044s +0.914s [17/17] 320km/h
8. 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 03.284s +1.154s [15/16] 319km/h
9. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 2m 03.336s +1.206s [15/15] 320km/h
10. 
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 2m 03.337s +1.207s [10/14] 322km/h
11. 
Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 03.396s +1.266s [12/16] 320km/h
12. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 03.494s +1.364s [16/17] 320km/h
13. 
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 03.624s +1.494s [11/16] 322km/h
14. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 2m 03.670s +1.540s [5/15] 319km/h
15. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 2m 03.763s +1.633s [12/14] 316km/h
16. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 03.939s +1.809s [14/14] 316km/h
17. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 2m 04.102s +1.972s [14/17] 320km/h
18. 
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 04.131s +2.001s [14/17] 320km/h
19. 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 2m 04.162s +2.032s [7/11] 323km/h
20. 
Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 04.378s +2.248s [7/18] 321km/h
21. 
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 04.414s +2.284s [18/18] 318km/h
22. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 2m 04.725s +2.595s [14/14] 325km/h
23. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 05.069s +2.939s [10/11] 314km/h

MotoGP Spielberg, Rossi: The Championship? First let's solve the problems.

If this is not a crisis for Yamaha, it is very close to being one. Viñales and Rossi not only finished far behind Ducati and Honda, but even behind the old M1 Zarco rides. A Grand Prix to forget at the Red Bull Ring and more points lost to Dovizioso and Marquez. It could not have gone any worse and Valentino knows it.

It was a difficult race both for me and for Maverick. We thought we were faster, but things went differently”, he admits.

Did you get something wrong?
I have no regrets. If we were to start over in an hour, I’d use the same tyres and the same setup. The hard on the rear was the right option for me and, in fact, in the first 10 laps I was fast, like I was in FP4.

And then?
After 12 or 13 laps tyre performance dropped a lot. The bike became hard to ride and in the finale I was in real trouble. We stress the rear tyre too much, that is the main problem we need to work on.”

That is nothing new…
No, it has happened other times whereas in other Grand Prix races we suffered less. When it happens, things go like they did today. I felt good in the first 10 laps. I did the second fastest lap of the race after Zarco. I was pushing but I was optimistic. Johann and the two Ducatis had the soft tyre on and I thought they would have a drop in performance. I thought I’d be able to battle for the podium.

Why wasn’t the soft an option for you?
Zarco is able to use it because he has a smooth riding style and he is lighter, whereas Maverick and I are more aggressive. Dovi is similar to us in riding, but the Ducati stresses the tyres less.”

Continuing to speak of Zarco…
He is happy. He beats the factory riders and laughs, but we are not satisfied finishing fifth. Our goal is not to finish ahead of him, but to battle with the best. I did half the race with Honda and Ducati and the other half with the Yamahas. I could see that we are suffering a lot.

Performance in the race finale was a weak point last year as well. Did the new frame not solve the problem?
The new frame solved the problem with understeering. If we look at the Jerez and Barcelona races, we were never fast, whereas today we were for the first part of the race. However, the problem of stressing the tyre is still here.”

How can you solve it?
As I said, I don’t know which move we could have made differently for the setup. It seems like there is work to be done both on the mechanical and electronic side, so the upgrades should arrive from Japan.”

You mentioned the two Spanish races. Were they worse than this one?
We had done worse on those tracks, but we expected it, whereas here we thought we would be able to stay with the best until the end. Today we wore the tyre more than last year.”

Now Marquez is at +33 points…
The championship is difficult both because of the gap in the standings and also because we are struggling, whereas Honda is the bike that has taken the biggest step forward. In any case, it is not smart to think about winning the Championship when you finish 7th. First, you need to focus on being competitive.”

Could Silverstone be the last chance?
Who knows? It has a layout that is closer to Brno and in theory we should be more competitive.

Source: http://gpone.com

RACE:

1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 39m 43.323s 
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 39m 43.499s 
3. 
Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 39m 45.984s 
4. 
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP17) 39m 49.986s 
5. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 39m 50.585s 
6. 
Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 39m 50.770s 
7. 
Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 39m 52.318s 
8. 
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 39m 57.838s 
9. 
Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 40m 2.943s 
10. 
Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 40m 3.089s 
11. 
Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 40m 3.424s 
12. 
Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 40m 8.846s 
13. 
Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 40m 10.023s 
14. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 40m 10.644s 
15. 
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 40m 11.419s 
16. Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 40m 16.235s 
17. 
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 40m 17.435s 
18. 
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 40m 19.746s 
19. 
Tito Rabat ESP EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 40m 25.727s 
20. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 40m 35.815s 

Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) DNF 
Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) DNF 
Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* DNF 

Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) DNF 

Riders' World Championship:

1. = Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 174 points 
2. 
^1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 158 points (-16)
3. 
˅1 Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 150 points (-24)
4. 
= Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 141 points (-33)
5. 
= Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 139 points (-35)
6. = Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 99 points (-75)
7. 
^3 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (GP17) 79 points (-95)
8. ˅1 Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 77 points (-97)
9. 
= Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 76 points (-98)
10. 
˅2 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (GP17) 75 points (-99)
11. 
= Alvaro Bautista SPA Pull&Bear Aspar (GP16) 52 points (-122)
12. 
^1 Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 43 points (-131)
13. 
˅1 Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 43 points (-131)
14. 
^1 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (GP15) 38 points (-136)
15. 
˅1 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (GP16) 37 points (-137)
16. 
= Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 33 points (-141)
17. = Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (GP15) 25 points (-149)
18. 
= Tito Rabat SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 23 points (-151)
19. 
= Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 21 points (-153)
20. 
= Hector Barbera SPA Reale Avintia (GP16) 21 points (-153)
21. = Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 12 points (-162)
22. 
= Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 8 points (-166)
23. = Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Team (GP17) 7 points (-167)
24. 
NA Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 6 points (-168)
25. ˅1 Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2 points (-172)

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