Lorenzo, Rossi up the pace in Sepang

Rossi sliding… oh yes.

The Factory Yamaha duo of champion Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi have upped the pace in the second day of race two, but as Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg pointed out, their competitors also improved.

Rossi went over half a second faster on the second day, whilst he was working on the older version of the Yamaha M1 to find a setting he is happy with. He moved onto the 2013 machine in the afternoon however rain stopped play soon afterwards, he will continue on the 2013 bike tomorrow.“The second day of testing in Sepang is finished and the balance of the day is positive for us, especially as we finished some work on the bike. We have some different parts for the bike for this season and we continue to work on the setting. The positive is we improved compared to yesterday in terms of time on one lap with the new tyre but especially on the rhythm, I was half a second faster than yesterday which is not so bad. Fourth position is quite good especially as we are less than half a second behind Pedrosa and Lorenzo. Unfortunately it started to rain so we had to stop earlier, because our target this afternoon was to go into 2’00 but we will try again tomorrow.”

Jorge Lorenzo has been working on the 2013 machine and also improved by around half a second, “Today in the morning the conditions were good and I could easily do the lap times from yesterday, I improved by more than half a second. Later we tried some little parts we couldn’t try yesterday, but not so much and the bike didn’t improve a lot. In the last hour it started to rain so I decided to exit and ride in the wet. We made more than eight laps in the rain. I think it was important to find the feeling in these conditions and also try the new tyre.”

Testing continues tomorrow. 

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