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Corner entry focal point for Lorenzo

Corner entry focal point for Lorenzo

Getting to grips with the Yamaha M1 in preparation for his 800cc rookie season, Jorge Lorenzo was back on track at Sepang for his second test of the pre-season schedule.

Getting to grips with the Yamaha M1 in preparation for his 800cc rookie season, Jorge Lorenzo was back on track at Sepang for his second test of the pre-season schedule.

The 250cc World Champion was returning to the scene of his title triumph for this latest outing onboard a MotoGP machine, following on from a successful first official appearance at Valencia after the final race of the 2007 season. Continuing his focus on adapting to the new bike and tyres, the 20 year-old completed 26 laps of the Sepang circuit, before the team shut up shop for the day due to a lunchtime downpour.

With a lack of track time, further curtailed by a late start when awaiting the drying of the track, Lorenzo managed a respectable 2'04.433 lap of the Malaysian circuit. However, it left the Spaniard dissatisfied and keen to progress further with both his adaptation and lap times.

"It's a pity about the weather but overall the first day has been quite positive, even if I haven't been so fast," assessed Lorenzo after his early finish. " We managed to do 26 laps before lunch and then the rain came and we weren't able to do anymore, so hopefully it will be better tomorrow because we have a lot to do!

"All the time I'm feeling more natural on the bike and I can feel the difference from Valencia, but I need to make a few changes to my riding style in order to fully adapt and we're working on this. It's hard for me to use all the power at the moment and I need to learn to be slower and smoother in the corners and to open the throttle a bit earlier."

The twice winner of the quarter litre title also nipped in the bud any speculation that he would be worried about not being immediately on the pace, noting that "I'm struggling a bit to find the fast lap times but this is normal because there is still so much about the bike that I don't understand. Tomorrow we have some new things to try, including a new fork, and I will just keep on working steadily."

Lorenzo's Team Manager, Danielle Romagnoli, also gave his verdict on what difficulties the rookie was encountering.

"He is starting to learn and understand more all the time about the MotoGP bike but he needs to improve some things and one of the things he's concentrating on is braking deeper into the corner," notes the Italian. " He doesn't have the best feeling going into the corner at the moment; he's got some lack of grip and he's not 100% comfortable and so we've been trying some different engine braking settings to try to improve this."

"There are two main aims for this test; the first is to help Jorge become fully accustomed to a four-stroke bike, especially in relation to the engine braking character, which is very different to what he's used to on a two-stroke," added Team Director Masahiko Nakajima.

" The second thing he has to get used to and understand quickly is the carbon brakes, which are very different to the steel discs he has been using in 250. These are two major factors for the rider to understand and they also influence the entry into the corner, so he has a lot to learn in these two areas."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Jorge Lorenzo

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