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Good first test day for Fiat Yamaha pair at Valencia

Good first test day for Fiat Yamaha pair at Valencia

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were both impressed with the response of their prototype Yamaha YZR-M1 machines on the first day of testing at Valencia.

Riding a new evolution of the 2010 prototype M1 alongside a 2009 bike at Valencia on Monday, Valentino Rossi and Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo were pleased with how the first day of the three-day test had gone.

Lorenzo, who was third in the final race of the season at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on Sunday, was second fastest behind Casey Stoner in the test, with Rossi third on the timesheet, and both gave positive assessments of how they felt the opening day had gone.

Finishing just 0.025s off the pace set by Stoner, Lorenzo said, “I was really excited to try this new version of the M1 today and I had a lot of motivation to get back to work. The feeling out of the corner is much better and we have more grip already in the rear so it's a big improvement for me. We still need to work on acceleration but I like what we have so far and I think we will continue to be competitive like this year.”

The 22 year-old added, “We have to wait and see the comparison between the old and new bike at a different track next year, but I am excited. I'm quite tired because this is already our fourth day riding here, but I am happy to have one more day of testing.”

World Champion Rossi was similarly satisfied with how his bike had shaped up, and hailed the development of the new prototype following his last test on it in Brno in August. The Italian’s best lap of the session was 0.166s down on Stoner’s.

“It was quite hard work to get back on the bike today but it's a very important test for us,” Rossi stated. “The new prototype we have already feels better than what we tried in Brno, so this is positive. I was faster than with the old bike straight away so we know we're working in the right way and hopefully we can improve some more tomorrow. Of course we still have a 2009 specification engine and we won't have an update until the next test in February, but the bike already feels more stable and has more rear grip. Tomorrow we have quite a lot to get through and it will be an important day before we can finally relax.”

MotoGP, 2009, GP GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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