Rossi "very happy" to be as fast as Lorenzo

The Doctor is thrilled to be on the
same pace as Lorenzo

Heads were turned this afternoon in Jerez as Yamaha returnee, 9 time World Champion Valentino Rossi topped the timesheets on a drying second day in Jerez. Yamaha are hitting back at Jerez after being beaten by Honda in all pre-season tests so far, Lorenzo was a few hundredths behind his new-old team mate and Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow set the third fastest time.

Several comparisons have been made to qualifying from last years Jerez round, where conditions are thought to have been similar to today’s test – Rossi’s time today being over three seconds faster than he managed on the Ducati. Rossi claims to have made important progress with a new setting today; “Today’s test session was very positive for us. I’m so happy, especially because we used a different style of setting. It is very important for us to understand this setting, which can help and effect my riding style to ride the bike in a better way and stay more constant, especially with good lap times on old tyres.

To make the first position with a time of 39.5 is good and also being as fast as Jorge. Me and my team are very happy with the pace and I think we will try to continue to work on this way.”

Despite placing second, Lorenzo didn’t seem as happy citing stability problems with his M1: “The track was dry but not in perfect conditions today, there was not so much grip on the track and we had some problems in some corners, where the bike was not very stable.

In general it was a very positive test. We worked on suspension and electronics today and we saw that compared to Austin the Yamaha’s were much more competitive.

There are three Yamaha’s in the top three and that is good for the motivation of the brand. The track is not in the best condition, it’s dry but it’s not perfect because of the rain. I think we have to focus on getting more stability on acceleration and get more comfortable with the race pace.”

Testing continues tomorrow. 

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