|Lorenzo used the full day to his advantage
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Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest time of the day at a rain soaked Jerez in the first session of testing, while Yamaha Factory Racing teammate Valentino Rossi struggled with rear tyres, ending the day in 6th.
The opening day of the official IRTA test was hampered by torrential rain, but this didn’t stop Lorenzo using the whole day to work on wet set-up. The Spaniard struggled with rear tyres, but once the track began to dry out his setting improved. He set the fastest time of the day, 1.47.423 on his 24th lap of 39 at the Andalucian circuit. “We stayed on the track the whole day in the wet conditions and it was good to see how the bike performed. We improved a little bit but then the rear tyre dropped so we have to calm the bike down a little bit in the acceleration. We are quite good in the wet here in Jerez. It’s the first time we are in these conditions so its important to understand what our levels. It’s important to be competitive in this situation. We proved when the track was drying up that we could keep the performance of the rear tyre over distance, it doesn’t matter how fast you are in one lap, if you cant keep the level over the whole race you cannot win.”
Returning Rossi struggled in his first wet session on the Yamaha M1 since Estoril in 2010. The Italian encountered issues with the quantity of rear tyres, which prevented him from using the full day to his advantage. Valentino did 36 laps of the circuit and set the fastest time was a 1.49.443 on his 25th lap. “The conditions today were very bad so we had to work on the wet. The feeling with the bike was not so bad but we had some problems with the life of the tyre, after some laps we started to spin a lot. It will be hard in a wet race to do 27 laps in a row. We also have an issue with the quantity of wet tyres as we have only two today, we have four in total so we keep two for tomorrow but we hope tomorrow will be dry!”