Movistar Yamaha MotoGP gave a strong performance today with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi delivering a solid challenge for the podium in today‘s NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich.
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3rd | JORGE LORENZO
+3.389 / 28 LAPS
4th | VALENTINO ROSSI
+3.815 / 28 LAPS
Grand Prix of Austria
Spielberg, Austria, 14th August 2016
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo made a stunning return to form today, taking third in the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg circuit. Valentino Rossi was also setting an impressive pace as he followed his teammate for most of the race, and claimed valuable points with a fourth place finish.
Starting from fourth on the grid, Lorenzo catapulted from the line but was clipped by Marc Marquez going turn one, but despite being pushed wide the Mallorcan made a quick dash to the front and joined the front fight between Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone and skillfully put his YZR-M1 in second place behind the latter. The Factory Yamaha rider was eager to hit the front, making multiple overtaking manoeuvres but it wasn‘t to last and he had to let Dovizioso past.
With a small margin forming between him and the front two riders and Rossi tapping on the back of his YZR-M1, Lorenzo responded by setting his best personal lap of the race thus far with 14 laps remaining, and soon the blue bikes were back in contention for the win. A brief state of grace saw the Yamaha riders running within 0.8s of the race leaders, but towards the end the Michelin tyres dropped, affecting the pace. Unable to challenge the front riders, the current World Champion decided to focus on defending his podium position and brought his bike over the line in third place, 3.389s from first.
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Rossi lost a place at the start of the 28-lap race from second on the grid, but was soon moving to re-overtake Dovizioso in turn 6 and fought with Iannone at the end of the lap to lead over the line. What followed was a flurry of activity with Lorenzo joining the fight. The Doctor ran wide on turn 1 with 25 laps to go and dropped to fifth behind Marquez, but it didn‘t take him long to move up to fourth place when he set a provisional fastest lap, being the first rider to clock a 1‘24s, two laps later.
Back behind his teammate, the Italian made his experience count and bided his time, sticking close to his teammate‘s YZR-M1. The two Yamahas were charging to the front two-thirds into the race and piled on the pressure, but as the tyres started to wear they were forced to slightly ease off their pace. Unable to make a move on Lorenzo, the nine-time World Champion decided to harvest some valuable points for the championship, finishing in fourth place 3.815s from the front.
1. Andrea Iannone (ITA) | Ducati Team | 39’46.255
2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) | Ducati Team | +00.938
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) | Movistar Yamaha MotoGP | +3.389
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) | Movistar Yamaha MotoGP | +3.815
9. Bradley Smith (GBR) | Monster Yamaha Tech3 | +28.785
10. Pol Espargaro (SPA) | Monster Yamaha Tech3 | +37.094
“Honestly, when you have one or two challenging races like me, finishing in third place is not the same as a victory, but it almost feels the same because our rivals were almost in another world during the test and throughout the weekend, in qualifying and also the second part of the race. To finally finish in third place just three seconds from the winner is a great result and we are very satisfied with the work we did on the bike and the concentration I kept during the race with the rear tyre moving a lot in the last part. I‘m very happy and we should keep working, we recovered some points to Marc and it‘s important for the championship. Anything can happen, like we saw yesterday. Marc crashed and almost got seriously injured. We need to stay focused and have some luck and wait.”
“In the end it was a good race because the margin to our rivals in front was not very big. It was a shame that I wasn‘t able to fight with Lorenzo. I wanted to try and arrive on the podium, but in the end I wasn‘t able to do so and for sure I‘m not happy about this, but for the rest it was a good weekend. We were quite competitive at this track, which is not fantastic for Yamaha, and we took some points. Our rhythm in the race was very similar to those who took the victory and we will try to be stronger next week in Brno. For me, personally, Brno is a great track where I won for the first time, but the last few years I wasn‘t strong enough so I‘m very curious to understand if this year I can be more competitive. About today‘s frontrunners, I think they will also be very strong in Brno because they are always fast and the track also has a lot of straights and it‘s so fast, so I think we have to keep an eye on them.”
“It has been a positive race, especially if you consider the challenging start we had on Friday. The team has done a great job, though it is a shame our strong pace couldn’t be rewarded by having two riders on the podium after such a strong ride by both of them. Jorge took a good podium result with Valentino not far behind and we finished in front of Marquez with both riders so we made up some important points for the championship. We are looking forward to the next race in Brno in one week‘s time where we always have been strong.“
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The third place finish keeps Lorenzo in second place in the standings on 138 points, 43 points from first, whilst Rossi remains in third position with 124 points.
MotoGP moves on to the Automodrom Brno for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic on 21st August.
|Mar 20||Grand Prix of Qatar||Losail International Circuit||Qatar||1st
|Apr 4||Grand Prix of Argentina||Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo||Argentina||NC
|Apr 10||Grand Prix of the Americas||Circuit of the Americas||Austin, TX||2nd
|Apr 24||Grand Prix of Spain||Circuido de Jerez||Jerez de la Frontera, Spain||2nd
|May 8||Grand Prix of France||Circuit de ls Sarthe||Le Mans, France||1st
|May 22||Grand Prix of Italy||Autodromo del Mugello||Scarperia, Italy||1st
|Jun 5||Grand Prix of Catalunya||Circuit de Catalunya||Montmeló, Spain||NC
|Jun 26||Grand Prix of the Netherlands||Circuit de ls Sarthe||Assen, Netherlands||10th
121 pts (2nd)
103 pts (3rd)
|Jul 17||Grand Prix of Germany||Sachsenring||Saxon, Germany||15th
122 pts (2nd)
111 pts (3rd)
|Aug 14||Grand Prix of Austria||Red Bull Ring||Spielberg, Austria||3rd
138 pts (2nd)
124 pts (3rd)
|Aug 21||Grand Prix of Czech Republic||Automodrom Brno||Brno, Czech Republic||–||–|
|Sep 11||Grand Prix of San Marino||Misano World Circuit||Misano Adriatico, Italy||–||–|
|Sep 25||Grand Prix of Aragón||Motorland Aragón||Aragón, Spain||–||–|
|Oct 16||Grand Prix of Japan||Twin Ring Motegi||Tochigi, Japan||–||–|
|Oct 23||Grand Prix of Australia||Phillip Island Circuit||Phillip Island Victoria, Australia||–||–|
|Oct 30||Grand Prix of Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit||Selangor, Malaysia||–||–|
|Nov 13||Grand Prix of Valencia||Ricardo Tormo Valencia||Cheste, Spain||–||–|