Motorland Aragon, Spain
The Movistar Yamaha team issued the following press release, containing a brief interview with Valentino Rossi. In it, Rossi speaks about his crash, the limited after-effects he felt, and looks forward to the upcoming flyaway races at Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang:
Q&A with Valentino Rossi following his crash in the opening laps of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon
Motorland Aragon (Spain), 29th September 2014
This morning Valentino Rossi woke up at 09.30 and underwent a new medical check with Dr. Michele Zasa from Clinica Mobile.
After the check Valentino returned to the garage where Movistar Yamaha MotoGP members and teammate Jorge Lorenzo were shooting a TV commercial for Movistar.
The following questions were put to Valentino as he missed yesterday’s post-race media debrief and TV interviews.
Q: Valentino, how are you today?
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after a fascinating and thrilling race at Aragon:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Race Report follows.
Race Report follows.
The track dried out enough for slick tyres and the fog had lifted enough for the slightly delayed twenty-lap race to start.
A dry line was starting to form by the time the MotoGP bikes started their warm up session. Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets using the hard option wet tires, the rest of the field remaining with the softer wets. Hiroshi Aoyama set the second fastest time, finishing ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The weather at Alcañiz remains unstable, with a chance of rain, though the fog is starting to lift. Conditions for the race are impossible to predict at the moment.
Heavy fog delayed the start of the Moto3 warm up session by nearly an hour. That has pushed the entire warm up schedule back, though the races should start very close to the normal schedule. The track is soaking from overnight rain, with more rain on the way.
2014 Aragon MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Fast Hondas, Yamaha's Defective Tires, Surprising Ducatis, And Unstable Weather
Is Marc Marquez's season going downhill? You might be tempted to say so, if you judged it by the last three races alone. After utterly dominating the first half of the season, Marquez has won only a single race in the last three outings, finishing a distant fourth in Brno, and crashing out of second place at Misano, before remounting to score a single solitary point. Look at practice and qualifying at Aragon, however, and Marquez appears to have seized the initiative once again. He had to suffer a Ducati ahead of him on Friday, but on Saturday, he was back to crushing the opposition. Fastest in both sessions of free practice, then smashing the pole record twice. This is a man on a mission. He may not be able to wrap up the title here, but he can at least win.
The way Marquez secured pole was majestic, supremely confident, capable and willing to hang it all out when he needed. He set a new pole record on his first run of the 15 minute session, waited in the garage until the last few minutes, then went out. He shook off Andrea Iannone, who was trying to get a tow, then when he saw Dani Pedrosa had taken over pole from him, went all out. Despite making a bit of a mess of the final sector, he still took nearly four tenths off his own best lap, demoting Pedrosa to second.
It wasn't just his pole time which was impressive. The race pace he showed in FP4 was fast, a string of high 1'48s and a couple of low 1'49s. The only rider to get anywhere near him was his teammate, Pedrosa knocking out a sequence of 1'49.0s, followed by a handful of high 1'48s. Pedrosa still has a score to settle, and though Marc Marquez is grabbing the headlines, he could find himself with quite a fight on his hands.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Aragon:
Press releases from the Moto3 and Moto2 teams after qualifying at the Motorland Aragon circuit: