Lorenzo: "It’s going to be an interesting season", Rossi: "I am very happy"

Lorenzo did a race simulation on the final day

The Yamaha Factory Racing duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi ended the first official test of 2013 on a high leaving the circuit 2nd and 3rd respectively. Champion, Jorge Lorenzo posted a 2.00.429 on the final day of testing, three tenths off Dani Pedrosa. Rossi on the other hand posted a 2.00.542, four tenths behind first place but perhaps more importantly just over a tenth behind Lorenzo.

All eyes had been on the Italian into the Sepang test, his first dry laps on board the Yamaha M1 after 2 depressing years at Ducati. Finally, Rossi has gone part way to silencing critics by showing he can still go fast – all he needs to do now is keep it up and show it in the races. Rossi spent the final day of the test on the 2013 bike with the aim of breaking the 2.01 barrier. Rossi said: “I’m very happy, all three days were very good. We worked hard on the bike and improved day by day. The third day was the best, we were able to stay less than half a second from pole position and the lap time is higher which is interesting. Today we finished third in the standings which is theoretically the front row so I’m very happy with this first test.”

Jorge Lorenzo focussed on consistency on the final day, in the afternoon he did a race simulation which he and the team claim to be very happy with. “I think these three days have been positive for us. We tried many things and some of them were good. We need to reconfirm again in another track but here we were able to improve a little bit. I was able to make a simulation this afternoon, the first one I’ve done in Sepang in my GP career. I felt strong physically, mentally and riding so it was good. The other riders are also really strong so it promises to be an interesting season.”

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