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Lorenzo's difficult day in the Malaysian heat

Lorenzo's difficult day in the Malaysian heat

The 250cc double World Champion Jorge Lorenzo had a tough time on day two of this week's MotoGP Sepang test visit, experiencing some front-end feeling problems on braking with his still evolving Yamaha M1 800cc machine.

The 250cc double World Champion Jorge Lorenzo had a tough time on day two of this week's MotoGP Sepang test visit, experiencing some front-end feeling problems on braking with his still evolving Yamaha M1 800cc machine.

The 20-year-old Fiat Yamaha Team recruit undertook 55 laps in the sweltering heat at the Malaysian circuit, finishing the day fourth fastest overall with a time of 2'02.396.

The MotoGP rookie and his mechanics spent much of the day unsuccessfully attempting to resolve the problem, although Lorenzo was still able to shave a 0.258s margin off his best Tuesday time.

On a positive note the Spaniard tested a new chassis – reporting some improved stability – and he will aim eradicate his front-end edginess in tomorrow's last day of Sepang testing, before returning to Europe.

"It has been quite a difficult day!" admitted Lorenzo. "We're not so fast; slower than at the last test even though we have the same bike set-up, and we need to improve. Tomorrow I think I need to try some changes to my riding style. It's still the same problem overall, with the front-end going into the corners, although I did try the new chassis and this is helping a little bit."

"After the session we had a long meeting with the engineers to look at all the data and now we will make a plan for tomorrow. We have one day left so of course we will try to make the most of it and finish the test in better shape."

Lorenzo's team manager Daniele Romagnoli added: "Today was a hard day's work. We've tested various different set-ups and improved a little bit but we still need to make a bigger step. We had some positive points with the new chassis, which improved stability in the hard braking areas, so we will keep working in this direction. I am confident that the team can find some solutions to help us on our final day here tomorrow."

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

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