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Saturday, May 31, 2014

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Repsol Honda

Marquez continues perfect 2014 with sixth straight pole

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has taken his 6th consecutive pole of the 2014 season, in as many rounds, with teammate Dani Pedrosa in fourth.

After the strange weather yesterday, when light rain prevented many of the riders going out on track in the afternoon, the sun was shining today in Mugello. Dani, who struggled with the setup in yesterday's FP1 improved significantly this morning, posting the fastest time on track in FP3 (1'47.754), with Marc just 0.261s behind him in second (1'48.015).

The Repsol Honda duo remained 1st and 2nd in FP4, but only Marc was able to continue this through to qualifying and snatched his sixth pole in six races with a time of 1'47.270 on lap three of eight. Dani improved on his time from this morning, but made a small mistake and touched the mapping button reducing his power slightly. His time of 1'47.584 - on his final lap of eight - placed him on the second row of the grid in fourth, missing the front row by just 0.063s.

TEAM QUOTES

Marc Marquez
1st - 1'47.270
"I'm very happy to have taken this pole position at a track that I found very difficult last year. I've felt good on the bike right from the opening practice session this time around, and this shows that we are working well this season - because in 2013 it was much harder to be up at the front. As for the race, it will be difficult to break away and do what I've been doing up to now, because at this track you tend to ride in a group and things are more tightly packed. However, I will try to give 100% in order to fight for the victory"

Dani Pedrosa
4th - 1'47.584
"Today qualifying went better than in Le Mans, and we had good sessions - especially in FP4. I think that the bike was working fairly well, although when we put on the second tyre option in qualifying I made a small mistake - which I didn't realise until afterwards - and I touched the engine mapping button which lowered my power and I wasn't able to improve my time. Tomorrow we will try to start well and have a good race, it seems that the pace of the other riders is very evenly matched, but we will do all that we can"

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Bridgestone

Masterful Marquez marches to pole position at Mugello

Round 6: Italian MotoGP - Qualifying Practice
Mugello, Saturday May 31 2014

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)


Marc Marquez's mission to dominate every MotoGP qualifying session continued unabated at Mugello today, as the Repsol Honda rider lapped the Italian circuit in a time of 1'47.270 to claim the top spot on the grid for tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix.

Marquez set the day's quickest time during his first time attack in Qualifying Practice Two, using the combination of the medium compound slicks front and rear. To the delight of the Italian fans, Pramac Racing's Andrea Iannone was second in QP2 with a best lap time of 1'47.450, while Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo qualified in third place with a time of 1'47.521. Today's QP2 session at Mugello was perhaps the most fiercely contested so far this season, with only half a second separating the top ten riders as the chequered flag was waved.

After a rainy start to the race weekend on Friday, conditions today were warm and dry with the highest track temperature recorded being 45C during QP1. The fine weather enabled riders to perform long runs on various tyre combinations in FP4, and it was the medium compound front slick that proved to be the most popular for riders. Rear tyre choice was more varied during practice with the preference among the Factory Honda, Yamaha and Ducati riders being the medium compound rear, while the majority of the open-class entrants preferred the soft compound rear slick. Some factory-class riders did evaluate the hard compound rear slick in FP4, but it is not expected that this option will be selected by any riders for tomorrow's race. For the time attack in the Qualifying Practice sessions, the softer rear slick options and the medium compound front slick was the most widely used tyre combination, as it provided the best balance of cornering and braking performance.

Similar weather conditions are forecast for tomorrow, with the twenty-three lap Italian Grand Prix getting underway at 1400 local time (GMT+1 ). Before then, the MotoGP? riders will be out on track for the twenty-minute Warm Up session at 1000.

Masao Azuma - Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
"We were able to make up for lost time yesterday thanks to the fine conditions today, and the riders were able to try some different tyre combinations during practice. Today's sessions revealed that the riders feel that the soft and medium slick options for both the front and rear are performing best, so we don't expect the hard compound front and rear slicks to be utilised for the race. The pace among the riders is quite close both in terms of race pace on long runs and over a single lap as we saw in qualifying, and it is pleasing to see the Ducati, Honda and Yamaha riders so evenly matched in performance. The signs are good for an exciting race tomorrow."

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Marlboro Ducati

Crutchlow and Dovizioso qualify for Italian GP at Mugello on rows 2 and 3

The two Ducati Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso will start from the second and third row of the grid respectively for the Italian Grand Prix, the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship, which will be held tomorrow at the Autodromo del Mugello in Tuscany, Italy.

In the fifteen minutes of Q2 Crutchlow lapped in 1'47.659, setting the sixth quickest time, which is also his best result so far in qualifying this year. Dovizioso instead was unable to complete a clean lap in the decisive session, but remains optimistic about tomorrow's race.

Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro had to settle for fifteenth place and will start from row 5 tomorrow.

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) - 6th (1'47.659)
"It was a positive qualifying session, we needed to improve this weekend and we have. FP4 was not what we expected, we went in the wrong direction with the bike, and we had no time to change it back to how I wanted so I was pleasantly surprised with qualifying. I think we did a good job and I'm not too far off the front row, but I made a small mistake as well in the lap and could have improved even more. Ducati have worked hard this weekend, we have a strong engine to take some advantage in some places of the track, now we need to calm it down a bit through the chicanes and work on tomorrow's setting for the race."

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) - 8th (1'47.754)
"We did a good job today in the FP4 session, lapping with a good pace on the race tyre and I think we can be pretty satisfied in view of the race tomorrow. In qualifying however I was unable to get 100% out of the bike and unfortunately, as we are all pretty close together, I will start from row 3. But if I can get a good start I think that tomorrow I can do a good race."

Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) - 15th (1'48.794)
"In the end I didn't manage to improve my time and so I'll start from row 5. We've got a few ideas for tomorrow, but we mustn't forget that we're here above all to follow the GP14's development programme. For me it's important to take home useful indications for the Ducati engineers, but tomorrow in any case I'll try and have a good race."

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LCR

UNEXPECTED TOUGH Q2 SESSION FOR BRADL: 9th ON THE GRID OF MUGELLO GP


Mugello, 31 May: today's second outing at Mugello race track has been extremely tough for LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl who initially suffered a crash in the fast sector on turn 13 in this morning free session, and later in the afternoon, he struggled to make the most from his RC213V qualifying in 9th place ahead tomorrow's 23-lap race.

Stefan: "It was a quite tough qualifying and I am disappointed about my grid position because I wanted to be more in front especially on this race track. Anyway the lap time is good and with 1 tenth faster we could have been on the second row. The Team made a good job today after the crash and I have a good feeling on the bike for the race tomorrow. Starting from the third row is not what I was expecting but there's a long way to the first corner and many things can happen. As I said yesterday the Ducati riders have a strong pace here and it is going to be a close race but we'll try our best to finish in the top five".


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Tech 3

Promising top 5 qualifying for Espargaro in the Tuscan hills

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Espargaro rode to another inspired qualifying performance and will start the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM from 5th position despite a late fall in Qualifying 2. The Spanish rider was immediately up to pace during this morning's free practice session and comfortably set a best time of 1.48,373 which saw him finish 8th, progressing straight through to the second qualifying slot for the fifth time in just his sixth MotoGP race. His knowledge and confidence around the fast and technical 5245 metre Mugello circuit grew with every single lap, which was important due to the loss of time because of the weather conditions in FP2 yesterday and he dug deep in Q2, attacking immediately. His first run ensured the Spanish rookie's best personal time of 1.47,612min was enough to cement a start on the second row with his impressive performance only 0.342 from pole position. Afterwards the reigning Moto2 World Champion unluckily paid for his inexperience with a fall while going out for his second run, which prevented Espargaro from lowering his lap time anymore. Nevertheless the young Spaniard remains confident to battle for another high scoring points finish during tomorrow's premier class race.

His teammate Bradley Smith produced a resolute display to guide his Yamaha YZR-M1 around the 13 corners of the Mugello circuit to score 7th place on the grid for tomorrow's 23-lap sprint. Having made progress in terms of building a confidence boosting setup this week with his Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team, the British rider progressed further by aggressively riding to a best time of 1.47,618 in Q2, over a second quicker than his qualifying time from last year. Additionally with the pole position time being quicker last year, Smith's best lap today was much closer to the front in comparison to the competition highlighting his leap in improvement with both performance and knowledge this season. In addition, it was only four tenths of a second off pole with the top twelve MotoGP riders being covered by under a second. The 23-year-old British rider remains optimistic in his race ability aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 as he aims to be the fastest satellite rider in tomorrow's race.


Pol Espargaro
Position : 5th Time : 1'47.612 Laps : 4
"I am pretty happy with P5 but at the same time I think we were a little lucky that nobody beat my lap time after I fell off. I really wanted to improve so to fall and be unable to is a bit disappointing. Our performance today was good and I am sure that we could have gone faster even by just a few milliseconds as it was so tight at the top, so just a small gain could have moved us up. With regards to fall it was a rookie crash as I was too keen to get going and ride fast a bit too fast on the new tyres which were cold. I pushed a little to warm them up but then fell at the fast corner. Still I am pleased to be on the second row in 5th position as I feel this is another important qualifying result for me. I feel comfortable with the bike and together with the team we are building my own Yamaha. Also, I am still recovering in confidence since the injury at Qatar but overall am feeling quite happy. Tomorrow will be a difficult race for sure especially at the start but I feel good with the bike so I look forward to a positive race."

Bradley Smith
Position : 7th Time : 1'47.681 Laps : 8
"I am pleased with my qualifying performances today and especially this morning's FP3 session where I had a great feeling on the bike and some positive work was undertaken. In FP4 we weren't as competitive from the word go as we would have liked to have been due to the changing nature of the track which required us to alter the bike to accustom it to the changing grip and temperature. The Tech3 team have a done a great job especially with qualifying and after we changed the setting, the bike felt good straight away giving me the confidence to run in the 47's comfortably. I still need to improve in the third sector of the track especially Arrabbiata 1 and 2 but feel very comfortable with how the bike is in the first two sectors of the track. We need to make a good setting for sector three but on the whole I am happy to be competitive and back riding a bike I enjoy and understand, so I am excited for the race tomorrow."

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Pramac Ducati

Andrea Iannone takes the Pramac Racing Team in the first row


Great result for the Pramac Racing Team today on the home track of Mugello. Andrea Iannone, after reaching the top speed record 349.6 km/h, earns the second place on the grid of the Italian GP. Even Yonny Hernandez, ends today with a significant improvement compared gaining the thirteenth position.

Andrea Iannone - Pramac Racing - This morning, during the third free practice session repeated his best time done yesterday, gaining the tenth position and direct access to the QP2. During the second qualifying session, the Italian rider, immediately proves to be fast, gaining the second position on the grid, only 180 milliseconds from the pole, recording an outstanding time in 1:47.450.

Yonny Hernandez - EnergyT.I . Pramac Racing - During the FP3, continues the work that was not done yesterday because of the dangerous condition of the asphalt. During FP4 the Colombian rider immediately improved, proving himself competitive. During the first session of qualifying, Yonny gains the thirteenth position on the grid, losing by less than two tenths on a second access to QP2 .

Andrea Iannone ( Pramac Racing)

"I am very happy to have gained the first row for the first time in MotoGP. I like this track a lot, in this circuit i feel at home. I know I can do well and be able to maintain a good pace because in the past I had good results on this track. I thank the team and Ducati for the support they give me. "

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Yamaha

Lorenzo Secures Front Row for Mugello Grand Prix

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo kept the pressure on in qualifying this afternoon for tomorrow's Gran Premio d'Italia, taking third on the grid. Teammate Valentino Rossi found the 15-minute qualifying heat a bigger challenge, taking tenth position on the fourth row.

Lorenzo made his trademark early exit from the pits as the session began, the first rider to attack the Mugello circuit. He immediately dropped below the '48 mark with a first flying lap of 1'47.605s. Hot laps by rivals Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone then dropped him to third, but just 0.167 from the front. With just over eight minutes remaining it was a super quick pit-stop for Lorenzo, and back to the track less than a minute later. He was able to improve on his earlier time, scoring a session best of 1'47.521s to secure third on the grid, 0.251s from pole.

Rossi was also quick to exit at the start of the session, just one rider back from teammate Lorenzo. He too immediately dropped under the ?48s with a first flying lap of 1'47.791s to take provisional third. As the times fell he dropped down to 5th, 0.521 from first as he entered the pits mid-session. An extended pit stop saw him return to the track with five minutes remaining having taken extra time to change to a softer front tyre in the hunt for a quicker turning bike. Unfortunately he was unable to improve on his first hot lap and make the softer front tyre work for him, wrapping up qualifying in tenth position, just over half a second from pole.

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Espargaro rode to another inspired qualifying performance and will start the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM from 5th position despite a late fall in Qualifying 2. The Spanish rider was immediately up to pace during this morning's free practice session and comfortably set a best time of 1.48,373 which saw him finish 8th, progressing straight through to the second qualifying slot for the fifth time in just his sixth MotoGP race. His knowledge and confidence around the fast and technical 5245 metre Mugello circuit grew with every single lap, which was important due to the loss of time because of the weather conditions in FP2 yesterday and he dug deep in Q2, attacking immediately. His first run ensured the Spanish rookie's best personal time of 1.47,612min was enough to cement a start on the second row with his impressive performance only 0.342 from pole position. Afterwards the reigning Moto2 World Champion unluckily paid for his inexperience with a fall while going out for his second run, which prevented Espargaro from lowering his lap time anymore. Nevertheless the young Spaniard remains confident to battle for another high scoring points finish during tomorrow's premier class race.

His teammate Bradley Smith produced a resolute display to guide his Yamaha YZR-M1 around the 13 corners of the Mugello circuit to score 7th place on the grid for tomorrow's 23-lap sprint. Having made progress in terms of building a confidence boosting setup this week with his Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team, the British rider progressed further by aggressively riding to a best time of 1.47,618 in Q2, over a second quicker than his qualifying time from last year. Additionally with the pole position time being quicker last year, Smith's best lap today was much closer to the front in comparison to the competition highlighting his leap in improvement with both performance and knowledge this season. In addition, it was only four tenths of a second off pole with the top twelve MotoGP riders being covered by under a second. The 23-year-old British rider remains optimistic in his race ability aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 as he aims to be the fastest satellite rider in tomorrow's race.

It was a difficult qualifying session for the NGM Forward Racing riders on the fast and technical Mugello track.

A crash, fortunately without consequences for the rider during the FP4, made the qualifying session of Aleix Espargaro even more complicated. With 1'48.580 in the Q1, Espargaro entered the Q2 and he finally closed in 12th position with a best lap time of 1'48.218.

It was a tough day also for team mate Colin Edwards, who continued to work on the electronics in order to improve the set up of his Forward Yamaha. The solutions tested during the practices didn't bring the expected results and the team will continue to work tomorrow during the warm up. Colin will take the start of the Italian GP tomorrow from the 18th position on the grid.


Jorge Lorenzo

3rd, 1'47.521
"I'm satisfied with third place because it's important to start in the first row here to try to avoid some problems with the first laps and be with the front group. I feel like it's a second place because Iannone has extra soft tyres that can maybe get some extra tenths. I'm happy with the lap time, but more I'm happy with the consistency and the work we've done with the bike. My physical condition is getting better as well so I'm happy. Circumstances are different to last year so it's more difficult to be in front, but little by little we adapt to be as competitive as possible."


Valentino Rossi

10th, 1'47.791
"We made a big mistake in the qualifying, we decided to change the front tyre at the same time as the second rear. It was the wrong decision, I felt really bad with the softer front and I was unable to improve my lap time. It's a great shame, because I had a good potential and could have started on the front, my pace is good and I feel good with the bike, but it's like this. Tomorrow from the fourth row everything will be harder and more difficult. We have good pace, we need to fix some small problems and try to make the maximum. I want to try and make a good race because it's my 300th Grand Prix and also we are in Mugello! I'm quite desperate for the tenth position but nothing is lost yet. It will be hard but we can do a good race."


Massimo Meregalli

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director

"Jorge's front row is very important here in Mugello, it comes as a result of hard work and confident riding through the practices up to today. His pace is really promising, even with a used tyre we have been very competitive this afternoon in the last practice. For sure it's going to be a bit more difficult for Vale starting from the fourth row. Unfortunately we made the decision to change from a hard to a soft tyre midway through the session to try and gain some benefit and turn the bike better. Due to the track temperatures it gave no advantage and compromised his results. His pace has also been very good over the weekend so we know he will do his best to fight back to the front."


Pol Espargaro

5th, 1'47.612
"I am pretty happy with P5 but at the same time I think we were a little lucky that nobody beat my lap time after I fell off. I really wanted to improve so to fall and be unable to is a bit disappointing. Our performance today was good and I am sure that we could have gone faster even by just a few milliseconds as it was so tight at the top, so just a small gain could have moved us up. With regards to fall it was a rookie crash as I was too keen to get going and ride fast a bit too fast on the new tyres which were cold. I pushed a little to warm them up but then fell at the fast corner. Still I am pleased to be on the second row in 5th position as I feel this is another important qualifying result for me. I feel comfortable with the bike and together with the team we are building my own Yamaha. Also, I am still recovering in confidence since the injury at Qatar but overall am feeling quite happy. Tomorrow will be a difficult race for sure especially at the start but I feel good with the bike so I look forward to a positive race."


Bradley Smith

7th, 1'47.681
"I am pleased with my qualifying performances today and especially this morning's FP3 session where I had a great feeling on the bike and some positive work was undertaken. In FP4 we weren't as competitive from the word go as we would have liked to have been due to the changing nature of the track which required us to alter the bike to accustom it to the changing grip and temperature. The Tech3 team have a done a great job especially with qualifying and after we changed the setting, the bike felt good straight away giving me the confidence to run in the 47's comfortably. I still need to improve in the third sector of the track especially Arrabbiata 1 and 2 but feel very comfortable with how the bike is in the first two sectors of the track. We need to make a good setting for sector three but on the whole I am happy to be competitive and back riding a bike I enjoy and understand, so I am excited for the race tomorrow."


Aleix Espargaro

12th, 1'48.218
"In the morning we continued to work on the electronics in order to solve the problems we had at Le Mans. Then, the crash in the FP4 complicated a lot my qualifying session because I had to use the second machine and I couldn't find the same feeling as with the bike nr1. We will keep on working but we know that it will be a tough race. Mugello is a very demanding track and we suffer a lot in terms of top speed on the long 1141mt straight. Anyway I will give my best to get the best possible result".


Colin Edwards

18th, 1'49.780
"I'm not really happy. We worked on the electronics but we didn't get the expected results. We had to start again from where we were yesterday and we couldn't improve the set up of the machine. Tomorrow in the warm up I want to test another solution with the rear suspension and I hope that we can make a step forward for the race".

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