Unlucky day for Rossi in Sepang, "Nothing special" for Lorenzo

“Nothing special” for Jorge in Sepang

Photo: Yamaha MotoGP

The Yamaha MotoGP team have failed to make much progress from the first Sepang test on the first day of the second test in Malaysia, mainly due to the day being cut short by rain. Yamaha’s duo of Lorenzo and Rossi placed 2nd and 3rd in the first test in what was deemed a successful few days, however it’s been a slower start the second time round.

Lorenzo who was, of course, still second behind Dani Pedrosa and only a few tenths off, about where he was after the first test. The Spaniard spent the day looking at race set up and acceleration. “Today we just tried to improve our current settings. We made some modifications but nothing special. We need to improve the acceleration a little bit but for the moment no new bits to try. The track was more slippery than the first test due to the rain which has left the tarmac in a worse condition.”

It was a slightly worse day for Valentino Rossi, who is making his third appearance on the Yamaha M1 since his dreadful two years at Ducati. Rossi’s 2013 Yamaha YZR-M1 had a technical issue early in the session and he therefore had to switch to the 2012 bike in which he put in some valuable testing. By the time they were ready to move on the ran had come and stopped that from happening. “The first day is not so bad, but we were unlucky because we had a small problem with the bike which had the new chassis so we had to stop and use the old bike. We made some tests with that using just one tyre and my pace and my lap times were not so bad. After we waited for the afternoon for the real work but the rain came so we decided to stop and continue tomorrow. If it rains again tomorrow we will do some laps in the wet conditions.”

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