Comments from Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders after FP1 at Czech GP

2020-08-07 02:58
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi have completed the FP1 session at the Automotodrom Brno this morning, securing fifth and eighth place respectively.

Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi stepped back aboard their bikes at the Automotodrom Brno this morning, preparing for Sunday‘s Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP duo made the most of the perfect riding conditions and got in plenty of laps, securing fifth and eighth place respectively in the process.

Five minutes into the session, Viñales had an early crash going into Turn 13 due to a cold left side of his front tyre. Fortunately, he was quickly back up on his feet and on his way to return the M1 to the pit box. He grabbed his second bike and quickly put the Yamaha in second place in the provisional rankings, showing he was unfazed by the earlier incident. The Spaniard held this position for most of the session, until some rivals put in last-minute hot laps. The number-12 rider‘s best lap, a 1‘57.565s set on lap 5/14, earned him fifth place, 0.212s from first.

Viñales visited the Clinica Mobile after the session, as a precaution. It was confirmed there that he is fully fit, without any injuries.

Rossi used the first 45-minutes of track time to get his race package sorted. He knew there‘s no time to waste in FP1 and delved straight into trying various tyre combinations – a decision that will play a crucial role in obtaining a top result on Sunday. He was still riding on the hard-hard option in the final stages, when many riders put in a mini time attack, but the Italian was up to the task. He set a 1‘57.646s on lap 16/17, for eighth place, 0.293s from the front.

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Position: 5th | Best lap time: 1'57.565 (+0.212) | Laps: 14

The feeling with the bike is so good. It‘s true that I made a little mistake and I crashed. Maybe I was pushing too hard early on in the practice session. But I felt good with the bike straight away and we need to keep that momentum going. The second lap I did on the second bike was already an amazing lap. I already feel so good and on point. I tried to keep the rhythm and it was pretty good. I‘m quite excited because it seems that we started much better here than we did last year, and even last year we were quite strong, especially in FP3. We need to keep working. I mean, I‘m really happy, but I‘m curious to see what we can do in FP2 in the hotter conditions and how the bike is working then.

Source: Yamaha Motor Racing

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