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Lorenzo reviews return to action in Malaysia

Lorenzo reviews return to action in Malaysia

On the first day back on track in 2009 at Sepang on Thursday Jorge Lorenzo was two seconds off the pace and admitted he found it tough going on his new Yamaha M1.

Last season’s MotoGP rookie of the year, Jorge Lorenzo, who just 12 months ago was still learning the art of 800cc riding, was honest enough to admit that he found Thursday´s return to testing in Malaysia to be a physically demanding task, having finished the day tenth on the timesheet.

The popular young Spaniard was running the fully updated Yamaha M1 for the first time, having used the new chassis and a 2008 engine in tests in November, but was unable to get the maximum out of his new specification engine on day one – despite acknowledging improvements in the engine.

The 21-year-old completed a decent workload of 61 laps, the joint second highest lap total of all the MotoGP grid, but his best time of 2’03.894 was more than two seconds behind pace-setting Loris Capirossi’s fastest lap.

“Today has been a difficult first day back at work!” conceded Lorenzo. “My body is a little rusty after so much time off. In this condition it’s quite difficult to be fast, but I am happy because the bike seems to be better, especially the engine. In Japan they have been able to improve the acceleration and with the new chassis as well the bike isn’t moving so much on the exit of the corners.”

Having seen team-mate Valentino Rossi and fellow Yamaha colleague James Toseland hit the deck during the course of the day Lorenzo also noted, “There are two corners with some problems and when you ride through them the bike is sliding too much, which is dangerous. This is why a couple of riders have had some crashes I think.”

“I stopped quite early because I had already done a lot of laps and was very tired. Tonight I’m going to have a massage and try and get as much sleep as possible, and hopefully I will feel stronger tomorrow!”

His Fiat Yamaha Team Manager Daniele Romagnoli added, “We started with the set-up we used in the last test at Jerez in November and it was a promising first day, although we still have some difficulties entering corners with the front and some other issues in acceleration. Jorge used the day just to find confidence with the bike again after the winter break and we did not concentrate too hard on set-up. That will be the priority of tomorrow.”

MotoGP, 2009, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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