‘Positive test’ for Yamaha, despite minor problems for Rossi and Lorenzo

Lorenzo set the overall fastest time over the 3 days

The third and final day of the 2nd official IRTA Sepang test saw the Factory Yamaha’s of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finish 3rd and 4th, separated by just 0.07 seconds. After the overnight rain, Lorenzo took to the track in the morning to gather some data for riding in the wet, and whilst doing so, set the fastest time in the damp conditions.

The Spaniard completed 56 laps overall finishing just 0.430s off top of the table, and Dani Pedrosa, having set his fastest time on lap 23. However, times were not as fast as they were on day two, where Lorenzo went over 7 tenths faster than he did today, this was a result of ‘much more slippery’ conditions this session, according to the current World Champion. “The practice was wet at the beginning of the day so we exited and tried the bike on the wet. It wasn’t bad, I made the fastest wet time but when the track became dryer it was never the same as yesterday. It was much more slippery and so harder to equal yesterday’s time. We made a complete simulation, it was a little worse than I expected because we had some problems with the front tyre in braking; it didn’t give me much confidence so I slowed my pace a little. The conditions were extreme this time so it was harder to equal the simulation we made in the first Sepang test.”

His team mate, Valentino Rossi spent the majority of the 3 days looking at finding the optimum settings for traction and balance with tyre wear. After niggling electrical problems steadied the rate of progression for Rossi over the first two days, the Italian improved on his time overcoming some, ‘but not all’ the problems with his M1 Yamaha. Rossi completed 61 laps over today’s session with a best time of 2m 1.062s, set on lap 60. He sits just half a second off the top of the timing sheets.“This test at the end is positive because we are in fourth place and not so far from the front. We are struggling a little more than the first test though; we were unlucky and suffered a little electrical problem that lost us some time and some other little problems. We tried to improve our performance and we fixed some problems but not all. The balance is positive; we have had another three days with the bike, and ridden more kilometres to take the bike back to the top and closer to the limit. Now we are looking forward to Austin.” 

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