Although Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo led the majority of both MotoGP practice sessions on Friday at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic, it was Stefan Bradl putting his LCR Honda atop the afternoon practice sheets with a late fast lap. Bradl’s fast lap was courtesy of a soft option rear tire, and the German admitted that it’s unlikely he would be able to maintain that pace without further work on the bike’s setup. Bradl considers Brno as one of his favorite circuits, but he felt that front-end feel is still being elusive on his RC213V so far.
LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl topped...
LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl topped the afternoon practice timesheet on Friday at Brno.
“We can be happy with this first place but I want to keep my feet on the ground,” said Bradl. “It looks good on the paper but I am still not 100% happy with the bike setting and this is the reason why we have struggled in the first free session this morning. We need to work on the front part of the bike as we do not absorb the bumps as good as I want. I think we have more potential than this but we need to be more consistent tomorrow because the other guys will push to qualify in the front.”
Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge...
Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo dominated most of both practice sessions on Friday at Brno.
After dominating the morning session and being the only rider into the 1:56s, Lorenzo was a little disappointed in the progress made during the afternoon session. “I started in a very good way in the morning and also in the beginning of the second practice. Then we started to try some things on the bike that weren’t as good as we expected. We spent all the practice trying things so I wasn't very fast at the end of the session. Anyway, the positive thing is tomorrow we have a clear direction so we can go more quickly to a better lap time. We can improve tomorrow on braking, and the smoothness of the bike at the beginning of the corner.”
Dani Pedrosa was still feeling...
Dani Pedrosa was still feeling a little pain from his fractured collarbone on Friday at Brno.
Less than a tenth of second behind Lorenzo was Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa
, who was still feeling some residual pain in his collarbone that was fractured at the German GP. "Today was a little more difficult than expected, as I felt more pain than I have in the past few days. I was unable to ride at 100%, but still we were able to have two good sessions. We tried some different setups with the bike and different tires. Let's see if tomorrow I feel better and can improve aspects of the bike to lower my time"
Valentino Rossi was a strong...
Valentino Rossi was a strong fourth in Friday MotoGP practice at Brno.
is feeling more confident after his fourth place at Indianapolis
, and going fourth quickest on Friday at Brno certainly didn’t hurt. “I think that we are equal at this track because Dani won last year with the Honda after the battle with Jorge on the last lap. For sure the Yamaha is more competitive here in Brno and also I am more competitive because I like the track and I ride in a better way than in Indianapolis. Today it was a positive day for me, especially this afternoon, we modified the bike and I improved a lot. I was fast with the soft tire and the hard tire and I have quite a good pace. We are all very close; we are five or six riders within a few tenths. We hope for tomorrow and Sunday we have good weather because the forecast says it’s not so positive.”
Ah yes, the weather. Forecasts for the weekend show chances of rain, so the practice sessions today may be of paramount importance when it comes to qualifying tomorrow.
MotoGP Brno Friday practice results:
1. Stefan Bradl (GER) Honda 1:56.500
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha 1:56.538
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda 1:56.600
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha 1:56.726
5. Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda 1:56.733
6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha 1:56.800
7. Bradley Smith (GBR) Yamaha 1:57.351
8. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda 1:57.401
9. Andrea Dovisioso (ITA) Ducati 1:57.754
10. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati 1:57.896
11. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati 1:58.039
12. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) ART/Aprilia 1:58.217
13. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati 1:58.958
14. Hector Barbera (SPA) FTR/Kawasaki 1:59.235
15. Claudio Corti (ITA) FTR/Kawasaki 1:59.288
16. Colin Edwards (USA) FTR/Kawasaki 1:59.390
17. Yonny Hernandez (COL) ART/Aprilia 1:59.539
18. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) FTR/Kawasaki 1:59.613
19. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Ioda/BMW 1:59.719
20. Randy De Puniet (FRA) ART/Aprilia 1:59.799
21. Michael Laverty (IRL) ART/Aprilia 2:00.338
22. Karel Abraham (CZE) ART/Aprilia 2:00.413
23. Martin Bauer (AUT) Suter/BMW 2:00.730
24. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Ioda/BMW 2:01.549
25. Bryan Staring (AUS) FTR/Honda 2:01.746