Movistar Yamaha Seek Grip in Sachsenring Friday Free Practice Sessions2018-07-13 10:40
The Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland got underway on the Sachsenring track today with the first two free practice sessions ahead of Sunday's race. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi enjoyed a good start to the weekend but didn‘t have the same feeling in the afternoon. They concluded the day in 6th and 17th place respectively in the combined standings.
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GRAND PRIX OF GERMANY
Sachsenring, Germany - 13th July 2018
14:05 LOCAL TIME GMT+2 AIR 23°C / TRACK 35°C SUNNY / HUMIDITY 53%
1'21.384 / 26 + 22 LAPS
1'21.784 / 23 + 23 LAPS
Sachsenring (Germany), 13th July 2018
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team kicked off the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland today with mixed results. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi showed great speed in the morning free practice session but weren‘t able to book the amount of progress they intended to make in the afternoon. They wrapped up Day 1 in 6th and 17th place respectively in the combined standings.
Viñales was quick to head out on track at the start of FP1. It wasn‘t long before he proved that the combination of the tight and mostly left-corner nature of the circuit and his smooth riding are a good match. He spurred on his Yamaha in the final stages and set a 1'22.152s for fourth place, 0.710s to first.
He again showed good form in the afternoon. Making full use of the sunny conditions at the Sachsenring circuit to test various set-up options, he secured provisional second place midway through FP2. The Spaniard held on to this spot until the times dropped in the final ten minutes. He posted a 1‘21.384s on his last lap as a response and finished in sixth place, 0.499s from the top.
Teammate Rossi was looking competitive in the morning. He maintained a quick pace throughout, holding a top-3 position for the majority of the session before the pace picked up in the final stages of FP1. He set a 1'21.964s on his final attempt, 0.522s from the front, and held on to third position after the chequered flag came out.
The Doctor continued working on his bike's balance in the afternoon session, which ended with extremely close results. The Italian was unable to immediately reproduce the competitive feeling he had in the morning but continued to use every minute of FP2 to find a setting solution. He completed the day in 17th place, with a best lap of 1'21.784s, even though he was less than a second (0.899s) separated from the fastest time of the day.
Today's results see Viñales secure 6th position in the combined free practice timesheets. Rossi will be looking to better his 17th place in tomorrow morning‘s FP3.
After the positive weekend in Assen we weren't expecting such a difficult start. Though we began the weekend well in the morning, the track became quite slippery in the afternoon and this isn't helping us. All Yamahas suffered from the change in track conditions, losing a lot of rear grip. We have to understand what has caused it, considering the track temperatures didn‘t change much from the morning to the afternoon. We will prepare a different set-up with the aim to increase the rear grip. We'll try this new setting in the morning, but it will also be fundamental to try it again in the afternoon, when the circumstances might be different, like we saw today. However, this change in programme makes our work more difficult, because we have less time to decide on a tyre for Sunday's race.
The first day was difficult. I'm really focused and pushing my hardest on every lap, but it looks like our bike changes between one track and another. Anyway, Sachsenring is a good track for me. I'm giving it my all, because I want to be at the front, but we still have a lot of things to improve. The track is slippery, so you need really good electronics. We are working really hard on that and I think that for tomorrow we have a lot of room for improvement.
We had a lot of problems here on acceleration. When we try to put power on the ground we spin the tyre a lot and we suffer, because when we lose acceleration we lose drive. We tried to do something about it this afternoon, but unfortunately we weren't able to improve. We have to continue and try to be stronger tomorrow.
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German GP - FP1 Results
German GP - FP2 Results
German GP - Combined Free Practice Results (FP1 + FP2)
1. J. LORENZO DUCATI TEAM 1'20.885
2. D. PETRUCCI ALMA PRAMAC RACING 1'21.142
3. A. IANNONE TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'21.204
4. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 1'21.309
5. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1'21.349
6. M. VIÑALES MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1'21.384
7. T. NAKAGAMI LCR HONDA IDEMITSU 1'21.447
8. J. MILLER ALMA PRAMAC RACING 1'21.497
9. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA CASTROL 1'21.540
10. A. BAUTISTA ANGEL NIETO TEAM 1'21.568
11. A. RINS TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1'21.616
12. P. ESPARGARÒ RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1'21.680
Source: Yamaha Motor Racing
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