«

»

Jun 16

Lorenzo keeps cool in scorching conditions to win the Catalan Grand Prix

Round 6: Catalan MotoGP™ – Race

MotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory Racing - 2013 Catalan MotoGP race winnerYamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo made it back-to-back MotoGP™ victories after a masterful display in sweltering conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya.

 

.

.

  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
  • Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
  • Weather: Dry. Ambient 31-32°C; Track 55-57°C (Bridgestone measurement)

 

Lorenzo got a great start to lead into the first corner and then kept his cool in the extremely hot conditions to break the resolve of the pursuing Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa with a few laps remaining. Lorenzo took the chequered flag 1.763 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, while Marc Marquez ensured two Repsol Honda riders on the podium by crossing the finish line less than a tenth of a second behind his teammate in third place. At his home circuit, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was the highest-placed CRT rider, finishing in eighth position for the second consecutive race.

Extremely hot weather prevailed today resulting in a track temperature during the race of 57°C. Grip levels in the scorching conditions were reduced, so the majority of riders selected softer rear slicks to have the maximum amount of grip from the edge of the tyre for the many long corners at this circuit. Front tyre choice was almost constant across the grid, with only one rider selecting the soft option, medium compound front slick for today’s twenty-five lap contest. The harder front slick provided greater stability under braking and cornering, though at a slight expense to grip from the edge of the tyre when the rider is at their maximum lean angle.

Lorenzo’s victory and corresponding twenty-five points means he now sits just seven points behind Pedrosa in the MotoGP championship standings, while Marquez is thirteen points behind Lorenzo and third overall.

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Conditions today were the hottest on race day so far this year which made the track quite greasy and a challenge for the riders. The heat made tyre management even more important; first of all managing the front-end load on the slippery track surface with a full tank of fuel in the early laps, and then managing tyre wear – particularly at the rear – in the later stages. Even though it was so hot, none of the works riders selected the harder rear option for the race as they wanted the better edge grip of the softer option. Considering we had such extremely severe conditions for tyres, the softer rear slick performed well today.”

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race Winner

“Today was the hottest race this year and physically it was very hard. I made a better start than I expected and was able to pass Cal and Dani, and after that I just tried to keep my rhythm. For most of the race Dani was always there behind me, but in the last five laps I managed to pull a small gap. It was a special race in front of my home crowd.”

 

Catalan MotoGP™ Top 10 Race Classification
 
Pos
Rider
Team
Race Time
Gap
Front spec
Rear spec
Tyres
1
Jorge LORENZO
Yamaha Factory Racing
43’06.479
 
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
2
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
43’08.242
1.763
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
3
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
43’08.305
1.826
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
4
Valentino ROSSI
Yamaha Factory Racing
43’12.353
5.874
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
5
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
43’33.235
26.756
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
6
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
43’38.707
32.228
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
7
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
43’39.171
32.692
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
8
Aleix ESPARGARO
Power Electronics Aspar
44’05.094
58.615
Medium
Soft
Bridgestone
9
Colin EDWARDS
NGM Mobile Forward Racing
44’09.621
1’03.142
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
10
Michele PIRRO
Ignite Pramac Racing
44’16.253
1’09.774
Hard
Medium
Bridgestone
 

source: bsmotorsport.com, bridgestonemotorsport.com

 

Grand Prix of Catalunya race report

MAHINDRA TAKES ANOTHER STEP WITH EXTRA POWER

The Mahindra pair Efrén Vázquez and Miguel Oliveira finished fifth and sixth in today’s Catalunyan Grand Prix. The double top six is the only Indian international motorcycle racing team’s best result so far, earning valuable points to improve the all-new MGP3O machine’s strong standing in the championships.

The race was a personal triumph for Vázquez. The 26-year-old racer from Bilbao in northern Spain missed the last two races after breaking his collarbone in practice in France. Still not fully healed, he gritted his teeth and even took the lead mid-race. Still close to the leaders after 22 gruelling laps, fifth was his best finish of the season.

Oliveira (18, from Portugal) started from the front row for the second time this year, and played a strong part in the seven-strong breakaway. By the end he had lost a couple of seconds on his team-mate, but held his pace to win a strong fight for sixth.

It was an important race for the team and the motorcycle. Designed and built in just six months the first Mahindra MGP3O prototype proved not only reliable from the start, but also impressively competitive. The bike for round six in Catalunya was a first development step. Upgraded internal parts and a new muffler have improved engine performance, while refined bodywork has smoothed the aerodynamics.

Both riders felt the advantage, proving development is in the right direction; and the result moved Mahindra tantalisingly closer to second overall in the constructors’ table.

The next round is in two weeks, where the Dutch TT is held on a Saturday at the historic Assen venue.

EFRÉN VÁZQUEZ – Fifth Place

I am very happy with this race even though I couldn’t fight for the podium right until the end. Fighting in the first group demonstrates the level of our performance with the new bike. The setting of the bike was perfect. My main issue was my shoulder. I need more time to let it completely recover because at the end of the race it was difficult to move. It was difficult to ride in such a big battle when I am not at 100 percent. After five or six laps my strength was dropping and the pain increasing. Finally I could be fifth: a very positive result because I am not so far from the first group.

MIGUEL OLIVEIRA – Sixth Place

It was an okay race – I got caught up battling with Jack Miller and we both lost touch with the front group. It was a bit difficult to fight today, but it was important to finish and I am happy we could still get sixth; and sixth in the championship is not bad. Maybe I could have done better if everything had gone 100%, but racing is like that and I am happy that we are in good shape for the next races.

MUFADDAL CHOONIA – Mahindra Racing CEO

It was a very good performance from the boys today. I wouldn’t say I am totally happy, in spite of a double top six. I think we could have finished a couple of places higher had it not been for Efrén’s shoulder, which really hindered him in the second half of the race. It was great to see him leading the race and taking the fight to the rest, but it was difficult to maintain his pace. He was in real pain when he came back into the box – I am very pleased with his effort and determination today. Miguel got caught up with another rider and at a circuit like Catalunya it is very difficult to catch up again once you lose the slipstream. The updates that we had on the bike following the test in Mugello worked very well. This is a good sign for the future and shows we are working in the right direction.

source: mahindraracing.com, mahindra.com

 

Hernandez Records Best Yet for PBM MotoGP

Round six of the MotoGP World Championship took place at Catalunya this weekend and saw mixed fortunes for the PBM MotoGP team riders as Yonny Hernandez scored his best result of the season for the Penrith-based team of 13th place but Michael Laverty crashed out on the opening lap.

After the disappointment of just missing out on the points at Mugello in the previous round where they fell agonisingly short in 16th and 17th place, the team was hoping for better results in the heat of Spain. Both Colombian Hernandez on the Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored Aprilia ART and Ulsterman Laverty on the Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored PBM machine were consistent throughout qualifying and confident going into the race.

Both riders made good starts but for Laverty, from Toome in County Antrim, his race ended prematurely as he ran into the gravel on the opening lap and slid off meaning he missed out on another finish. For Hernandez, from Medellin, he battled hard throughout the 25-lap race and held on to finish in 13th place to claim his and the team’s best result of the season to add to his points from earlier in the season in Qatar and Texas.

Despite Laverty’s disappointment of his first non-finish of the season, it was another important result for the PBM team and Hernandez whereby he occupies 19th overall in the MotoGP World Championship standings with Laverty in 21st in his debut season. In the Claiming Rules Teams (CRT) class, Hernandez holds fifth with Laverty in seventh whereas PBM holds eighth place in the Constructors Championship in their debut season with their brand new British-built machine.

Michael Laverty: “It was really disappointing to go out on the opening lap of the race after making such a good start. The bike has been working well this weekend and I felt confident for the race. I got up to 12th and was right on the back of Espargaro but I got sucked in too deep at Turn nine and was unable to stop and ran off the circuit. It was a minor crash in the gravel but I was unable to get the bike restarted. It was frustrating to watch Espargaro win the CRT class doing lap times that I’ve been very capable of maintaining on worn tyres. I can take the positives from this weekend and with the test today we have improved upon our base setting and will be stronger again at Assen in a fortnight.”

Yonny Hernandez: “I am happy to have scored some more points for the championship but in the race I had similar problems to some of the previous races. Here the rear tyre durability was worse for me, probably because of the character of the circuit and the high temperature. In the test today, we hope we have found some solutions for the durability.”

Phil Borley, Technical Director: “This weekend has been disappointing because we could have scored some good points with so many prototype riders not finishing. Yonny had more than his fair share of problems during the qualifying sessions but the main issue he had in the race was similar to the one he has suffered in the previous races and we have concentrated on solving this in the test today. Michael was much happier with the bike and settings at Catalunya and could have had a really good race after the great start he had. Unfortunately he ran on whilst defending his position and after falling in the gravel could not restart the bike. Today with the PBM bike we have confirmed some of the developments we have introduced recently as well as testing some new components.”

Paul Bird, Team Owner: “Although it’s our best result this year, I’m a little disappointed that Yonny didn’t finish higher as it was there for the taking. The problem seems to be a recurring issue and it’s something Yonny as well as the team needs to address as he needs to look at his riding style and work on his training too. Michael again impressed me and I told him to push hard on lap one which he did, a little too hard as it turned out but I can’t fault him for his efforts and already we are talking about next season.”

Round seven of the MotoGP World Championship takes place at Assen on Saturday 29th June. For more information, please visit the team’s brand new website www.pbmuk.net and www.motogp.com.

Pictures attached: Michael Laverty (70) and Yonny Hernandez (68) during testing at Catalunya today (pictures Gold & Goose)

source: cartersport.com