For the first time this year at an official test, the YamahaMotoGP team have finished a day on top of the time sheets with Jorge Lorenzo completing 54 laps, with a best time of 2m 0.282s, over a 3rd of a second ahead of Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa.
Reigning World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo complimented the track on its improved conditions compared to yesterday. The Spaniard improved on his best time of day one by over one and a half seconds, of which he set said time on lap 38. Lorenzo feels more comfortable this time round compared to yesterday in which he described was “nothing special” in terms of modifications to the M1. “A pretty good day, the track was much better than yesterday, I was surprised in the beginning it was so different. I could be strong from the start; a second and a half quicker and I think I beat my record time here in Malaysia. We improved the setting on the bike and I feel stronger than the first Sepang test so I’m quite satisfied. Tomorrow if the weather is good I would like to try a long run of maybe 24 laps to see what happens with the tyres.”
Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi had a far better days work after electrical problems halted any vast progression yesterday, in which he spent most of the day on the 2012 M1, as a result of the electronic issues. Whilst there were some niggling electronic problems once again with the M1 in the morning, they were quickly resolved allowing the Italian to complete a total of 63 laps. Rossi set a fastest time of 2m 1.065s on lap 10 and spent the rest of the day developing rear grip and traction with worn tyres. The Italian sits less than a tenth behind Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. “I’m happy, the feeling is quite good. Today was a very long day; I did more than sixty laps because we had a lot of work to do. We lost some time this morning with a small electrical problem that we fixed. We continued to work to increase the rear grip and traction, especially when the tyre has a lot of laps on it. We found something but we are still not 100% happy as we lose a little balance of the bike. Tomorrow the target is to improve the traction without losing the balance and then the bike will be very good.”