YAMAHA MOTORCYCLES MAY 2021 RACING NEWS
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP START DOHA GP WEEKEND INSIDE TOP 10
Yamaha Moto Gp At Losail (Qatar), 2nd April 2021
LOCAL TIME: 20:00 GMT+3
AIR TEMPERATURE: 26°C
TRACK TEMPERATURE: 30°C
WEATHER: NIGHT CLEAR / HUMIDITY 74%
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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales were keen to continue work on their race set-up for the Losail International Circuit today, adapting it to the hotter weather conditions. The teammates used the available track time to the fullest and finished in fourth and ninth place respectively in the combined free practice results.
Quartararo was eager to get back on the bike in the sunny FP1 session and soon featured inside the top 3. He then moved on to serious business, working on improving rear tyre live. He stayed focused on this goal throughout the 45-minute session. He set a 1’55.303s, that put him seventh in the timesheets, 0.524s from first.
The Frenchman followed the same strategy in FP2. He used most of the session to get the work done on his bike’s set-up. With 13 minutes to go he was ready to put in his hot laps. He briefly moved up to provisional first place, but when the night-time session came to a close, the times dropped. The number-20 rider wrapped up the evening in fourth position with a best time of 1’53.583s, 0.438s from first in the FP2 and combined session timesheets.
Viñales continued the good momentum from last weekend in FP1. He worked on tweaking his bike’s race set-up and gradually booked progress throughout the session. Feeling good aboard his YZR-M1 and showing a solid pace, even on tyres that weren’t the most favourable, he finished in third place with a 1’54.864s lap, 0.085s from first.
Similar to last week, it’s expected that on Saturday afternoon the weather conditions with higher temperatures and strong winds will make it difficult to improve, making the FP2 session crucial. The Spaniard knew he had to put his head down to make sure he remained inside the top 10. He soon took third in the rankings and showed a solid rhythm, but the majority of the rider field put in mini time attacks towards the end. Viñales responded by setting a 1’53.872s, putting him in ninth place in the FP2 and combined session results, 0.727s off the fastest time.
“Today we planned on starting where we left off on Sunday. We worked on a couple of areas where we saw we could improve. But the very hot conditions made it difficult to make any evaluations, as the race will take part in the cooler night temperatures. We used FP2, like we did last week, to do a time attack and make sure we are in the top 10. FP2 has been one of the most difficult sessions we’ve had since arriving in Qatar. Suddenly we suffered from chatter and a lack of rear grip, probably due to this evening’s conditions, but Fabio and Maverick did a good job handling the situation. We still have some tweaking to do to get them completely comfortable during FP3. Then in FP4 we will do a race simulation again before going all out in qualifying.“
“It was tough, and unfortunately I had no feeling today. I did my fastest lap being on the limit everywhere, I was not feeling great. I will try to improve the feeling a little bit tomorrow, because the conditions changed. We had issues with chatter and grip today. We hope for better conditions tomorrow. Qualifying is just a matter of putting everything you have into one lap, braking as late as possible. For qualifying I am not so worried, and for the race I will do many more laps with the soft-soft tyre combination. I can’t wait for tomorrow.”
“The time attack didn’t go as we expected. We can be much faster. But anyway, the rhythm was there, I was feeling pretty good with the medium tyre, even if it wasn’t the best tyre for us here. After we changed to qualifying mode, the feeling changed and we will look into it. But I’m quite calm, I know we can do well. On the bike I felt amazing in FP1 and also for most of FP2. We can do something really good for tomorrow. The most important point is to have the opportunity to be at the front, battling for the race.“
COMBINED FREE PRACTICE RESULTS
PROMISING FRIDAY SESSIONS FOR MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP IN PORTIMAO
Portimao (Portugal), 16th April 2021
GRAND PRIX OF PORTUGAL FREE PRACTICE
Riding conditions were not optimal in Portimao today, but Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales worked diligently in today’s FP sessions. They completed the first day of the Grande Prémio de Portugal weekend in second and seventh place respectively in the combined FP standings.
LOCAL TIME: 14:10 GMT
AIR TEMPERATURE: 22°C
TRACK TEMPERATURE: 35°C
WEATHER: WINDY (CLOUDY) / HUMIDITY 67%
1’40.206 (FP2) / 14 + 19 LAPS
1’40.426 (FP2) / 15 + 20 LAPS
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales enjoyed their first two outings around the Autódromo Internacional Algarve. Despite damp and windy conditions throughout the Friday, the pair got in plenty of laps to prepare for Sunday’s Grande Prémio de Portugal. They took second and seventh place respectively in the combined FP standings.
Quartararo didn’t take any unnecessary risks at the start of the 45-minute mixed morning session. He patiently waited for the track conditions to improve before he took his YZR-M1 out for a spin. His main objective was to get a good feeling with his bike at this circuit which he found challenging last year. His 1’42.528s fastest time earned him seventh place, 0.401s from first.
The FP2 session was dry but with dark clouds looming. The Factory Yamaha man planned to push for a top-10 spot, in case of rain tomorrow morning. He started his bid for a provisional place in Q2 with 17 minutes left on the clock. After putting his bike in P1 with a 1’40.990s, he improved on it by 0.038s a few laps later. However, he made sure to leave something in store for when his rivals would put their head down at the end of the session. His 1’39.904s was unfortunately cancelled due to another rider’s crash, but he still concluded the mini time-attack heat in second place. His 1’40.206 last lap put him 0.340s from the top in the FP2 and combined results.
Like his team-mate, Viñales stayed in his garage for a while at the start of FP1, waiting for the damp patches on the track to dry. Once on his way though, he was on it. He gradually upped his pace, getting reacquainted with the undulations the Algarve track is known for. A good base set-up is crucial at this technically challenging circuit. However, the Spaniard and his crew made it look easy. They wrapped up the session with a 1’42.127s for first place, 0.151s faster than his closest rival.
However, the afternoon session proved to be more challenging for the number-12 rider. He put in some hard work and spent the majority of the available track time tweaking his bike’s race set-up. It wasn’t until the final stages that he switched to a soft-soft tyre combination to produce a flying lap for a top-10 placement. He set a fastest time of 1’40.426s on his penultimate try. It earned him seventh place in the FP2 and combined free practice timesheets, 0.560s off today’s top time.
“Today’s Free Practice sessions were a good test for us. We came to Portimao with the intention to get a sense of where we stand early on, and we got the confirmation we were looking for. The 2021 M1 is working well here too, and overall the feedback from the riders is positive. Last year, we visited this track at the very end of a very demanding season. This time round, the riders and crew get to enjoy the challenge of getting the settings right at this technically difficult track a lot more. Fabio was feeling good and was able to maintain a really good rhythm before the time attack. His best lap was cancelled due to Aleix Espargaró’s crash, but even his second fastest time was quick enough to earn him second place today. He has great potential and motivation for tomorrow’s sessions. Maverick was feeling really good on the bike in FP1, even when the track was damp, which is usually not our favourite condition. But in the afternoon, he didn’t have the same feeling and couldn’t push to the limit, so that’s what we will work on tonight – we will prepare something for tomorrow. We expect FP3 to be like a qualifying session, and then in FP4 we will again focus on fine-tuning our race set-ups.”
“I’m so happy with how it went here today. Last year was a disaster for me. Mentally it’s so important to be strong and try to reset from what happened last year. And actually our pace was really strong today. I feel so good. I can’t wait for tomorrow and find a bit more pace, but honestly it feels really good to be at this track and have fun. I can say that the bike is also working really well here, so I’m happy. We don’t have any specific areas that we need to work on right now. But it would be nice to have a bit more grip on track over the next days. There is a lot of sliding here, so the lap times are close to a second slower compared to last year.“
In the morning I had a really great feeling. Somehow, I felt a lot of grip with the tyres. But this afternoon, on the other hand, I felt the opposite way. I was sliding a lot, especially with the front, and I never got the good feeling necessary to push. So, for sure, we can improve a lot, and we
picked out some clear points of the settings that we will work on. So, we will see tomorrow, but overall I’m still quite confident. Despite today’s problems, we are still at the front of the group, so that’s actually quite good, and we are inside the top-10, which is the most important.
|In the morning I had a really great feeling. Somehow, I felt a lot of grip with the tyres. But this afternoon, on the other hand, I felt the opposite way. I was sliding a lot, especially with the front, and I never got the good feeling necessary to push. So, for sure, we can improve a lot, and we picked out some clear points of the settings that we will work on. So, we will see tomorrow, but overall I’m still quite confident. Despite today’s problems, we are still at the front of the group, so that’s actually quite good, and we are inside the top-10, which is the most important.“|
COMBINED FREE PRACTICE RESULTS
QUARTARARO ACQUIRES POLE IN ROLLER-COASTER PORTUGUESE Q2
Portimao (Portugal), 17th April 2021
GRAND PRIX OF PORTUGAL QUALIFYING
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo took pole position Wth a new All Time Lap Record around the Autödromo Internacional do Algarve. Fortune on Maverick Viäales’ side during the Q2 session. He will start tomorroWs race from 12th place on the grid.
LOCAL TIME: 14:35 GMT
AIR TEMPERATURE: 23 0 C
TRACK TEMPERATURE: 36 0 C
WEATHER: SUNNY 1 HUMIDITY 61%
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1’38.862 / 7 LAPS
1’39.807 / 7 LAPS
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo shone brightly on the second day at the Grande Prémio de Portugal, coming out on top in all three sessions. Maverick Vifiales was unlucky to have three of his four flying laps cancelled in Q2 and ended the session in 12th place.
Quartararo had established himself as the man to beat today, having taken the top spot in FP3 and FP4. He shovEd he meant business again in Q2 by posting a 1’39.028s opening lap to take over the PI honour again. He couldn’t improve on his provisional pole the next time round. Running wide and into the gravel in Turn 8 meant he had to quickly return to the pit for new tyres.
With six minutes remaining, he was back on track to defend his first place. He did it on his very next attempt. He clocked a 1 ‘38.862s, a new All Time Lap Record. He had time for two more laps but didn’t better his time. In the final stages it looked like he would just miss out on pole because of a hot lap by Francesco Bagnaia. But as it was set under a yellow flag, the lap was cancelled, putting Quartararo back in first position by 0.089s.
Viäales started his Q2 bid with a solid 1’39.807s lap, slotting into fourth place. He improved to a 1 ‘39.514s on his next flyer, but the lap was later cancelled due to a yellow flag, #lich made him drop back to seventh place at the time.
The Spaniard knew the pressure vwuld be on for his second run. With more than three minutes remaining, he headed back out on a fresh set of tyres, ready to push to the fullest. He Mapped up the session Wth a 1’38.990s and 1’38.732s, the latter of NMIich have moved him up to the front row, but unfortunately the laps v•iere cancelled. One due to a yellow flag and the other for exceeding track limits in sector 2 by the narro\Æst of margins. Because of this he pushed back to 12th place and WII be starting tomorroWs race from the fourth row of the grid.
“The qualifying sessions in MotoGP are tricky because they get influenced easily by crashes, and we both profited and suffered because of it today Fabio received pole due to a yellow flag, but more important than this is the speed and race pace he showed in FP3 and FP4. We are really looking forward to seeing how that translates in tomorroWs race. If you look at Maverick’s lap times, he actually wou/d have been right up there on the front row He set two 1’38s laps, but unfortunately they got cancelled. One due to yellow flags and the other for exceeding track limits. It’s a great shame, especially because it’s difficult to overtake here, so starting from the first or the fourth row makes a big difference. But he showed in the FP4 and Q2 session that the lap times are there, so he M/ just have to push as much as possible tomorrow for a top result. We will try to look for some last set-up improvements that we can try in Warm Up.”
“It’s a pole, but it doesnt feel like it usually does. Bagnaia mas extremely fast on one lap. I’m actually happier about being in first place in FP3 and FP4 than I am about this pole position. The main goal was to start from the front row— that we achieved by our om merit, and then the pole vtas handed to us afterwards. The feeling is really good. It’s just a shame that I had a big shake in the last corner of the last lap. I could have improved the lap time more, but I’m happy. I know the pace that I’m capable of. This one is for my team.”
“It’s tough to accept my last lap cancellation, because I dont think that I was on the green. It’s not clear if I was or not, but it is what it is, we cant do anything about it. It’s not something I want to spend too much time talking about. I’d rather focus on the good feeling I had on and off track. My last two lap times would have put me on the front row. We improved a lot compared to yesterday. I feel quite strong on the rhythm, especially on a used tyre. Braking is also feeling much better. I’m strong there too now which is a good sign, because tomorrow we need to fight our up from twelfth on the grid. Well see. Honestly, I feel really good with the bike, and this is the most important. But we need to keep thinking of a way to improve for tomorrow because need to deliver something special.”
- A. RINS (SPA)
Team Suzuki Ecstar 1138.951
- J. ZARCO (FRA) 1138.991
- J. MILLER (AUS) 1139.061
Ducati Lenovo Team
- F. MORBIDELLI (ITA)
PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 1139.103
- M. MARQUEZ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1139.121
- A. ESPARGARÖ (SPA)
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
- L. MARINI (ITA)
SKY VR46 Avintia Team
- J. MIR (SPA)
Team Suzuki Ecstar 1139.1 69
- M. OLIVEIRA (POR)
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
11 . F. BAGNAIA (ITA)
Ducati Lenovo Team 1’39.445
- M. VINALES (SPA)
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
- A. MARQUEZ (SPA) 1’39.530
LCR Honda Castrol
- P. ESPARGARÖ (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’39.71 0
- B. BINDER (RSA)
Red Bull KTM Factorv Racino 1’39.776
- E. BASTIANINI (ITA) 1’39.855
Avintia Esponsorama Racing
- V. ROSSI (ITA) 1’39.943
PETRONAS Yamaha SRT
- D. PETRUCCI (ITA) 1140.202
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing
- l. LECIJONA (SPA)
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 1140.408
- L. SAVADORI (ITA)
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1140.444
- T. NAKAGAMI (JPN) LCR Honda Idemitsu 1 140.61 1
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP JOIN FORCES WITH LORENZO DARETTI AGAIN FOR 2021 MOTOGP ESPORT CHAMPIONSHIP
Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 22nd April 2021
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP are delighted to announce the continuation of their partnership with double MotoGP eSport World
Champion Lorenzo Daretti. He will again be the official Yamaha Factory eRider in 2021.
Followng the 2021 MotoGP eSport Championship’s four Pro Draft Challenges, which he passed with flying colours, Lorenzo Daretti is set to take part in the Global Series again. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are delighted to take this opportunity to announce the renewal of their contract Wth the double MotoGP eSport World Champion, also known by his gamer tag Trastevere73 or Trast73.
Daretti has been a top challenger in MotoGP eSport since 2017. He showed great professionalism as VEII as a genuine passion for motorsports from the start of his career, and it therefore came as no surprise that he secured the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP eSport World Championship Title. In 2019, he joined the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team as its official eRider for the first time. To this day, Trastvere73 remains the man to beat. He went on to secure the 2019 and 2020 Vice-Champion title and is as hungry as ever for the win.
The 21-year-old and his avatar will again have matching customised rider gear (leathers, boots, gloves and helmet), to finish off the complete Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider look.
Besides cheering him on in the MotoGP eSport Championship, fans can also look forward to seeing Daretti in action at various (Covid-19 friendly) promotional events. Moreover, being a biker himself, he WII also participate in selected Yamaha events on track and on road (followng Covid-19 prevention guidelines).
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MANAGING DIRECTOR, YAMAHA MOTOR RACING
“We enter our third year with Lorenzo as our eRider, and for him personally it’s his fifth year competing at the top level of MotoGP eSport. We vitnessed the MotoGP eSport Championship grow in terms of professionalism. The level of the player field also increases every year. For Lorenzo to adapt to a new MotoGP game each season and still be competitive in this field for four years in a row so far, shows his exceptional talent and drive. He genuinely loves both eSport and MotoGR and that’s exactly why he fits our team so VEIL Though the global pandemic made it difficult for the team to meet him face to face so far in 2021, we are cheering him on and are looking forward to another great year with him.”
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP ERIDER
“I’m very happy to remain a part of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team. We have grown very close. The team support me in eSport as much as I support them in racing. Sometimes I still cant believe my luck. When I was a child, I wanted to be a MotoGP rider. To be a part of this team now as an eSport Rider still sometimes feels like a dream to me.”
“The last two years we secured second place in the championship, which means I need to try even harder this year to raise my level. So far, I’m feeling good. I know it wont be easy, there are many fast guys out there, but I’m feeling confident. I’m mostly just excited to start the 2021 MotoGP eSport Global Series now. I would like to go back to racing live as soon as possible, at the circuit and not from home… But either way I will give it my all to win my third World Title. Let’s have some fun!”
ABOUT LORENZO DARETTI
Name: Lorenzo Daretti
Born: 25 May 1999
Lives in: Rome, Italy
Career highlights: 2017 & 2018 MotoGP eSport World Champion
In the game he now runs i.Mth only one number: 73 (as in his nickname Trastevere73), which is the birthyear of his father. He nas still a minor when he started playing, so his father created an account for him using his credentials. Who knew it would be the first step towards a professional eSports career?
Fortune favours the brave. When the opportunity to enter the MotoGP eSport Championship arrived in 2017, Daretti leaped at it and soon became a fan favourite. His incredible skills and ability to control his nerves, especially during the tense finals on stage in Valencia, earned him the World Title in both 2017 and 2018, making him the man to beat. Daretti showed his professionalism the next year, competing as a Yamaha factory e-rider for the first time. In 2019 and 2020 he narrowly missed out on the title, finishing both seasons as the Vice Champion, but that makes him all the more hungry for the Wri in 2021.
Currently aged 21, the Roman is undeniably mature, which is the key to his success. He’s not just an eSports enthusiast, he’s a professional but remains modest. He trains a lot, three hours a day, but doesn’t believe in just locking himself up in a room. He keeps active and likes to make sure he remains open to the opportunities that a new sector such as eSports can bring him.
Daretti puts this belief into practice and has proven to be a man of many talents. Besides eSports, he likes kickboxing (he was an Italian Junior Vice Champion) and he loves motorbikes. This genuine passion for (motor)sports makes him a perfect fit for Yamaha, as he shares the same competitive mentality.
Lorenzo Daretti’s SNS channels:
FB: https://vww.facebook.com/73trast T: https://twitter.com/73trast
eSports & MotoGP eSport Championship Stats: – eSports is a form of competition using video games
- Four successful MotoGP eSport Championship editions already organised from 2017-2020
- Lorenzo Daretti von the first two editions of the MotoGP eSport Championship
- The eSports market is expected to hit a volume of $1.6 billion in 2021
- Yamaha is one of the most active manufacturers in promoting and supporting the MotoGP eSport championship
Data from MotoGP eSport 2020 editions:
- 9 TV broadcasters covered 200 countries in all 5 continents – 15.8M video vie\Æ, 91 M impressions, 2.5M engagement
MotoGP eSport Official Channels:
YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcZmjboz9ZLc4-4QlV1 VjjA IG: https://vwwv.instagram.com/motogpesport/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/MotoGPeSport/ T: https://tWtter.com/MotoGPeSport
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP IN HIGH SPIRITS AHEAD OF SPANISH GP
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 28th April 2021
With the morale boost of a 100% victory rate in the 2021 MotoGP season so far, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are eager to put their YZR-M1s to the test at the Circuito de Jerez — ÅngeI Nieto this weekend.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viöales are particularly excited about this weekend’s Gran Premio de Espaöa. The team mates share good memories of the back-to-back races held at this circuit last year, scoring 1-2 results in both for Yamaha, and they are looking to reproduce this achievement this Sunday.
Quartararo became a fan of the Circuito de Jerez — Ångel Nieto last year. He unbeatable there in 2020 and opened the season with two victories. This year he comes to the Andalucian circuit with already two 2021 Grand Prix victories to his credit. He would love to continue his and Yamaha’s winning streak by adding another one to the tally and extend his current 15-point lead in the championship standings.
Viäales looks forward to getting into action at the Jerez track. Having secured third place there in 2019 and second place in both 2020 races, he is feeling confident that he can battle for the honours again this vEekend. He is determined to return to the podium this Sunday and make further steps in the championship classification, as he currently holds third place, 20 points from first.
The Circuito de Jerez \A.as built in 1986 and has been one of the most popular MotoGP events of the season ever since. Blessed with good weather, beautiful scenery, fast corners, and hard braking areas, the 4.4km circuit offers unforgettable racing action every year. Its lay-out has five left and eight right corners and a 607-meter longest straight.
Those who want to refresh their memories of what the Jerez track looks like can watch MotoGP eSport rider Lorenzo Daretti negotiate this circuit in the MotoGP21 Videogame in this week’s eLap video.
” We’re in for another exciting MotoGP race weekend Needless to say, we are al/ highly motivated. Our team has won the first three GPs of the season, and we know that the Jerez track suits our bike in dry and hot temperatures. Last year, in July, Fabio and Maverick scored first and second place in both races in Jerez. While we dont expect track temperatures to get quite that high this year, the weather forecasts do predict a dry race weekend, so we reckon we are in with a good chance to fight for top results again.”
“I’m excited to go racing in Jerez this weekend. We start this GP 1Mth a lot of confidence. Last year I non both races at that track. This year I begin the Spanish GP having mn the tm previous races. Of course, you never know 14hat can happen in MotoGR but I’m feeling good at the moment, so we will do our best again!”
“Normally, I feel really good in Jerez. It’s a track where we usually go fast and are quite consistent. The race in Portimao didnt go as planned, but last year we have seen how strong we can be in Jerez. If everydhing goes like that again this weekend, I can take care of the rest.”
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP START SPANISH GP WEEKEND WITH TOP-5 RESULTS
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 30th April 2021
GRAND PRIX OF SPAIN
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viäales continued their 2021 MotoGP campaign today at the start of Round 4, the Spanish GP. They wrapped up the Friday in 2nd and 5th position respectively in the very close combined free practice results with less than a second covering the top-14 riders.
LOCAL TIME: 14:10 GMT+2
AIR TEMPERATURE: 20 0 C
TRACK TEMPERATURE: 33 0 C
WEATHER: SUNNY 1 HUMIDITY 51%
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2nd FABIO QUARTARARO
1’37.387 (FP2) 19 + 19 LAPS
5th MAVERICK VINALES
1’37.726 (FP2) / 22 + 20 LAPS
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vifiales had a full programme today at the Circuito de Jerez— Ångel Nieto in preparation for Sunday’s Gran Premio de Espaäa. The Factory Yamaha duo ended the Friday in 2nd and 5th place respectively in the combined free practice timesheets and are in a positive mindset ahead of tomorroWs qualifying action.
Quartararo •æs greatly looking forward to starting this GR Keen to put in the ‘mrk required for a good race weekend, he hopped on his YZR-MI in FPI and put in 19 laps in total. He mostly focused on getting comfortable with his bike’s settings. His best time, a 1’38.344s set on lap 5, put him in fifth place, 0.331 s from first.
The Frenchman stuck with the strategy from this morning in FP2. He mainly vinrked on preparing for Sunday’s race in the afternoon and only switched to soft-soft tyres for the final stages of the session. He clocked a 1’37.387s on lap 18/19, that earned him second place in the FP2 and the combined FP rankings, 0.178s off the fastest time.
Viäales is a fan of the Jerez track and knovß like no other that the cooler morning session be best spent preparing a set-up that suits the hotter afternoon conditions. He set a 1 1 38.434s fastest time on lap 15/22, securing ninth place, 0.42 Is from the top.
As the temperatures rose in the afternoon, the times dropped considerably. The Spaniard quietly worked on his bike for most of the available track time, but Wth a little more than six minutes left on the clock he gave an extra push. Having opted for the medium-soft tyre combination, he set a 1 ‘37.726s on lap 20/20 that earned him fifth place in the F2 and combined session times, 0.517s to first.
MASSIMO MEREGALLI TEAM DIRECTOR
“Overall, we’ve had a quite positive first day in Jerez. The track temperatures were significantly lower today than they were last year in July, so that meant the settings had to be adjusted and also the riders had to adapt. In terms of speed, we are happy, but we have some clear points of improvement on our list for tomorrow Fabio suffered from an unexpected tyre drop. We will try to improve this by adjusting the settings and we also count on the improvement of the tarmac as the weekend progresses. On Maverick’s side, we were able to improve the set-up of his bike today, adjusting the area that was a weak point for him at the last GP But we still have to work a bit more on the balance of the bike to improve cornering. We were able to take time in today’s sessions to already explore some tyre options, which is always fruitful when preparing for a race. Most likely, we Will work more on the race set-up in FP4, because we expect that al/ riders will use FP3 as a ‘mini time-attack session ‘to get into the top 10, as per usual.”
“First of all, I’m feeling good on the bike, that’s important. We have great pace, but are struggling with used tyres, which is strange. Last year, Men the conditions ære much hotter, I felt zero drop on the rear tyre. Today, I felt quite a big drop in the morning and the afternoon, so we need to check what’s happening. We already have a clear idea of Miat to try tomorrow and I think it’s going to work. I’m feeling great and have great confidence with the bike.”
“I don’t know about my chances in the race yet, we will have to see on Sunday. It’s very important to understand the level of the bike. We have tried some important things on track. I think it’s good and that we have quite a fast consistent rhythm, and we can also be fast on one lap. Today, I didn’t have an amazing feeling on the bike, but anyway we were there, in the top 5. It was quite a solid day. Basically, we fee/ good, and I think tomorrow we can make a good step forward.”
COMBINED FREE PRACTICE RESULTS
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