2014 Indianapolis MotoGP Press Releases: Honda And Yamaha Riders React To New Surface And Layout After FP1

The Repsol Honda and Movistar Yamaha teams issued the following press releases after FP1 at Indianapolis. The Yamaha riders say it suits their bike better, the Honda riders say it doesn't suit the Honda like the old circuit did. Press releases appear below:


Valentino Rossi (1st; 1’34.535)

“I am very happy about the new track layout because it is definitely improved compared to the old one; it is faster and it makes easier riding the bike. The best and biggest step forward is the new surface, because this works very well. There's a lot more grip than last year and less bumps. I think the people here at Indy have done a great job. The first session has gone well but we must improve further. I am looking forward to this afternoon.”

Jorge Lorenzo (6th; 1’35.084):

“I like the new asphalt, it’s consistently same all along the track, not like in the past, where you had three different kind of tarmac. There are definitely less bumps and the new lay-out makes the track more fun. Now it’s also more suitable to our bike, as there’s no first gear corners. It’s not been easy to recover the pace after one month and I struggled a little bit but I am sure things will get better in the next practices, starting from this afternoon.”

Riders get first taste of new-look Indianapolis

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have had their first experience of the new surface and amended track layout for this weekend’s Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

It was a chaotic session with many riders finding themselves on a heavily congested and slippery track. The new surface and revised layout has cut the lap time considerably with the fastest time of the session (1’34.535, Rossi) being almost 3.5s quicker than Marc’s pole from 2013 (1’37.958).

Championship leader, Marc, was 5th for the session with his time of 1’34.885 on lap 16 of 18. Teammate Dani finished this first session 16th with his time of 1’36.419 on lap 15 of 17.

FP2 will commence at 14h05 local time.

Marc Marquez

5th - 1'34.885

“It’s been a positive morning and after the holidays it was good to get back on the bike. There were a few wet patches at the beginning of the session but it soon dried up. The new surface is quite similar to the one we had last year but it’s less bumpy and the grip will of course improve throughout the weekend. Maybe for our bike the old layout worked better and the new corners make the lap a little easier. There is certainly more corner speed, more banking in the exit of the corner and we stay on the throttle longer - It's not like before when we could stop the bike and pick it up and go”

Dani Pedrosa

16th - 1'36.419

“The track was quite dirty and with the new surface the tyres suffered a little towards the end of the session. In general it looks like the track is flatter now with less bumps than before and we need to check which rear compound tyre we can use as the hard option might be possible, due to the new asphalt. The layout is quite different especially the last chicane where previously we had to brake but now there is almost no need to slow down! We need to go over the data to analyse how these changes affect us but for sure we have less wheelie than before. At the end of the session some riders put on a new rear tyre, hard and soft, but I decided to stay on the same one as I knew I couldn’t improve my lap time and I think this is a safer option for the weekend”

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