The first day of practice for the Valencia Grand Prix took place in the pouring rain today, obliging Race Direction to bring out the red flags both during FP1 and FP2, because of a vast amount of water present in several parts of the track.
The practice sessions resumed but further heavy rain in the afternoon meant that none of the top riders were able to improve on the times they had set during the morning session.
As a result, Andrea Dovizioso ended the day in fourth place with a time of 1’40.179, while Jorge Lorenzo for the moment had to settle for nineteenth place with a time of 1’41.782. The day was a positive one for Michele Pirro, on the third Desmosedici GP of the Ducati Test Team, who was eighth with a time of 1’40.836.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 4th (1’40.179)
“This morning, despite the rain, the track had good grip but in the afternoon we encountered different conditions: there was really a lot of water and I didn’t have a particularly good feeling with my bike. In any case we managed to do a few tests with the tyres: the session was useful for this reason, especially because this year we haven’t lapped much in the rain, and we picked up some good indications for Sunday’s race, should it be wet.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 19th (1’41.782)
“Undoubtedly these aren’t the best conditions for my come-back, because the track today was treacherous. My wrist still hurts, especially under braking and coming out of the corners, and even more when I do more than five laps continuously. I can’t be too aggressive and I have to make smooth movements that make me lose speed. With very little water on the track I feel better, but when it rains a lot everything becomes more complicated. Let’s see if conditions improve a bit tomorrow and we’ll try and get inside the top 10 to go straight through into Q2.”
Michele Pirro (Ducati Team #51) – 8th (1’40.836)
“It was a day with really a lot of rain, but this morning we worked well in any case and in the afternoon we tried a few things in view of the race that might be useful because on Sunday it seems as if the conditions could be similar to today. With such changeable weather it was important to finish the day inside the top 10: I managed to do this, I’m eighth and this is positive. Let’s hope we can continue to work like this also tomorrow.”