When during yesterday’s press conference Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi confirmed that they finally received the green light to use the seamless gearbox in today’s practice session, more or less everyone expected that it would help them close the gap with the Repsol Hondas of Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa. A day later in the Yamaha garage, the riders and crew realized that the seamless transmission was not the magic potion they expected…at least so far.
Jorge Lorenzo was hoping that...
Jorge Lorenzo was hoping that the new Yamaha seamless transmission on his M1 would help at Misano, but that hasn't proven to be the case so far.
In the morning and afternoon sessions, Márquez and Pedrosa dominated from the very start, not giving the Yamaha riders any option than to watch the rear tires of their RCVs. Ok, it is true that the track conditions were not the best in terms of grip and that in this conditions the wide lines that M1 demands suffer much more than the “edge turning” Hondas, but Lorenzo’s face after the practice showed clearly frustration. “I have no confidence”
, explained the reigning World Champion. “The bike doesn’t stop and as I don’t have confidence with the rear tire, I delay the opening of the throttle. And I don’t know if it is down to the bike or it’s because of the track conditions”.
Regarding the “magic” seamless transmission, one thing Lorenzo had been asking for desperately in the last weeks, he explained that on a layout like Misano, its advantages weren’t that determinant. “It really would have helped if we had it on our bikes in Brno or Silverstone. The real advantage is on long fast corners when you need to change gears with the bike at high lean angles. Here there are not turns like this”. Then, resigned, Lorenzo added: “But in any case it’s better to have than not”.
Despite a big moment in the...
Despite a big moment in the ultra-fast Curvone Veloce turn, Marquez once again heads the leaderboard at Misano.
Marc Márquez’s mood after the two practice sessions was the other side of the coin. Marquez appeared in front of the journalists relaxed and with a big smile on his still-kid face. He explained that on a track he likes he felt comfortable straight from the beginning. “Yes, the way we start our GPs have changed a lot since the beginning of the season. Before we used Fridays to get familiar with the new circumstances, but in the last races we do fine from the very first practice session. This means that we can work and try things on the bike from the very beginning. So far everything went fine. The track is maybe a little bit slippery, but we were able to be fast. Tomorrow we have to keep on working, because there are some points we have to improve.”
One of these points is the ultra-fast Curvone Veloce right-hander, in which Marquez had a scary moment, although explained by him it seemed almost nothing. “Well, it happened on the part on the track were the riding is especially different compared with the Moto2. It’s the 170 mph fast right-hander. There the front did already shake a little bit with the soft front tire”. With his typical bad boy smile he added: “I went out on the harder one and what happened was that the shaking was a little bit more aggressive. It was quite a moment, but fortunately I saved it.”
Regarding his rivals, Marquez was also very respectful, warning that although the day hadn’t been especially brilliant for the Yamahas, for sure tomorrow they would fight back, especially Lorenzo. Pedrosa, on a track that he is always fast at, was also a certain challenger.
Then, Marquez was questioned about Rossi who stuck on the back of his RCV for three laps, resulting in the Italian’s best times of the afternoon session. “Yes, I knew he was behind me, but as I was testing some things, I didn’t care about giving him a tow,” he joked. “In any case, Valentino has been here closer than usual. He likes this track and has been always fast here. I expect him racing for victory on Sunday.”
MotoGP Misano Friday practice results:
1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda 1:34.200
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda 1:34.233
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha 1:34.458
4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha 1:34.495
5. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) ART/Aprilia 1:34.732
6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda 1:34.858
7. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati 1:34.889
8. Andrea Dovisioso (ITA) Ducati 1:34.901
9. Stefan Bradl (GER) Honda 1:35.107
10. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha 1:35.208
11. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati 1:35.218
12. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati 1:35.431
13. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Ioda/BMW 1:35.933
14. Bradley Smith (GBR) Yamaha 1:36.004
15. Claudio Corti (ITA) FTR/Kawasaki 1:36.122
16. Colin Edwards (USA) FTR/Kawasaki 1:36.181
17. Hector Barbera (SPA) FTR/Kawasaki 1:36.253
18. Randy De Puniet (FRA) ART/Aprilia 1:36.283
19. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) FTR/Kawasaki 1:36.646
20. Karel Abraham (CZE) ART/Aprilia 1:37.310
21. Michael Laverty (IRL) ART/Aprilia 1:37.334
22. Yonny Hernandez (COL) ART/Aprilia 1:37.368
23. Bryan Staring (AUS) FTR/Honda 1:37.722
24. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Ioda/BMW 1:38.962