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Lorenzo finding his way with Yamaha M1

Lorenzo finding his way with Yamaha M1

Continuing his adaptation to both the 800cc Fiat Yamaha M1 and a new pneumatic valve engine brought to the Sepang test, Jorge Lorenzo was one of the quicker riders over the course of the three day visit to Malaysia.

Continuing his adaptation to both the 800cc Fiat Yamaha M1 and a new pneumatic valve engine brought to the Sepang test, Jorge Lorenzo was one of the quicker riders over the course of the three day visit to Malaysia.

The 250cc World Champion was third fastest on day three, despite a crash when undertaking a race simulation. The Spaniard was left with a few minor scrapes on his elbow and hip, but after a brief rest was back in the saddle to complete his work on the Michelin-shod Yamaha machine.

"I'm very happy with the final day," said Lorenzo, having put down a fastest time of 2'00.766 on his second ride at Sepang since moving up to MotoGP.

"I crashed in the morning doing a race simulation, but we are working hard and the times are going down. I hope that this continues at the next test in Jerez," added the 20 year-old, whose Yamaha factory team will not be sending either he or team-mate Valentino Rossi to Phillip Island next week.

"The bike is very sensitive, and you have to be clean. If you can get this right then it is possible to go very fast," concluded Lorenzo.

Commenting on his rider's early pace, manager Daniele Romagnoli outlined the work undertaken this week and also their expectations for the Spanish talent.

"We worked towards improvement on the engine and found that the new electronics strategy was good. Jorge is more stable on the bike and he had good race simulation pace before the crash, so we are happy with the first test," said the Italian.

"This year is designed to prepare Jorge for 2009, to be fighting for the championship. However, we would be very happy with a few podiums from him this year."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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