Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Search for Grip on Brno Friday

2020-08-07 03:07
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi returned to action on the first day of Round 3 of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship. They secured fifth and twelfth place respectively in the combined free practice results.

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1'56.668 (FP2) / 14 + 17 LAPS


1'57.290 (FP2) / 17 + 19 LAPS

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The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team kicked off the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky today at the Automotodrom Brno circuit. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi used the morning and afternoon sessions to the fullest to tune their bikes to their liking and find edge grip. They rode to fifth and twelfth place respectively in the combined timesheets in the afternoon.

Viñales followed up the slightly eventful morning free practice with a useful afternoon session. He already had a good feeling in the morning, despite a small crash due to bumps on the track. This afternoon he concentrated on improving his bike‘s setting, adjusting it to the hotter conditions that are expected to be similar to those in Sunday‘s race. The number-12 rider was in third place when, with 15 minutes left on the clock, the times started to drop. He posted a 1'56.668s for fifth place in the FP3 and the combined timesheets, 0.166s from first.

Rossi noticed a lack of grip in the FP1 session, and this continued to be a theme throughout FP2. He used the 45 minutes of afternoon track time to perfect his bike's set-up, using the nimble character of the M1 to the fullest. The Doctor held a place inside the combined FP timesheets top 10 with his 1‘57.646s morning lap, but he felt there was more in it for him. In the final stages, the Italian managed to improve his time with a 1'57.290s, but it wasn‘t quite enough. He ended the first day in twelfth position in the FP3 and the combined free practice standings, 0.788s from the front.

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We‘re happy to be back into action, but it‘s clear from today‘s sessions that the Brno track conditions are very different from those in Jerez two weeks ago. The asphalt here is quite bumpy and there is a lack of edge grip, which forms a challenge for us, because high corner speed is usually our forte. That said, we are making good progress, and the track conditions will also improve as more and more rubber is laid down throughout the weekend. Maverick found a solid base to work from right from the start of FP1 and feels comfortable. There is still a lot of work to do, but the first signs for him are positive. Valentino has been focusing on fixing rear tyre degradation, because the 21-lap race on Sunday will be a challenge and there are many tyre options for us to consider. We will work hard tonight to further boost our performance for tomorrow so we can have both riders in Q2.


The feeling overall is good, I‘m quite satisfied. This morning I made a mistake, because I went a little bit wide and I hit the bumps, so I crashed. I hit my right shoulder, but it seems like everything is okay, so I‘m quite happy about that. The conditions here are totally different from what we had in Jerez, it‘s a different situation, so we have to think and try to understand where and how each tyre spec is working for our bike and adjust the set-up accordingly. I‘m optimistic for the race, I think we can do a really good job. The track is very slippery and bumpy but, though I didn‘t do the perfect lap today, the feeling is there, and I feel confident. I think we understand well where we can improve, so we‘re going to work very hard this evening to make another step for tomorrow.

Source: Yamaha Motor Racing

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