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Further progress on second day for Spies and Lorenzo

Further progress on second day for Spies and Lorenzo

The Yamaha Factory Racing Team riders were third and seventh fastest respectively on Wednesday at the Sepang Test, both concluding the session happy with the progress being made.

Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo settled quickly into their riding on Wednesday morning as the second day of the Sepang MotoGP Test got underway, both setting their fastest laps in the morning session before continuing with the development of the Yamaha YZR-M1throughout the afternoon.

Spies’ best effort of 2’01.508 had seen the American sitting second until late in the day, and he spent much of the afternoon working on the M1 engine and electronics, putting in 60 laps in total.

"Today went really well,” said Spies. “We started out and got right up to speed. We worked pretty much just on electronics and also evaluated a couple of different engine configurations, both of which worked really well. The lap times were pretty similar so we need to work out which direction we want to go. We got a lot accomplished today, tomorrow we've got a couple more things on the engine to look at and we're going to try some tyres for Bridgestone."

MotoGP World Champion Lorenzo’s best lap time was only 0.055s off that of his team-mate as he focused on chassis and engine settings in preparation for Thursday’s concluding run.

"Today we continued to work on the bike, we found some positive things and some not so good,” the Spanish rider evaluated. “I think we have found more traction but maybe a little vibration we need to resolve. I'm happy with the day, but it was very hot and I'm pretty tired. We've improved a lot of little things, and I have to continue to work on improving my riding as well and to give the team the best explanations I can on the developments to help them move forward."

Team Director Massimo Meregalli added: "In general for the team it's been quite positive, we had no problem and got good information from both sides of the garage. We tried some different things today and we got some good feedback.”

Meregalli, who is also Spies’ Team Manager for 2011, continued: “Ben had consistently good pace for the entire session today so I'm pleased. What gave us great confidence is that he had a long run with very positive results. He was satisfied with the changes we've made today so we'll see what progress we make tomorrow when we test the new tyres."

On the other side of the garage Lorenzo’s Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg observed: "The second day of testing today and some mixed results, not everything was positive. There were no big dramas and the base setting we discovered yesterday continues to be good. Lap time wise we missed something this morning, but we also tried some good things on the bike over the session. It's normal in development to find some things that don't necessarily work so well and today we found one. At the end of the day it has been positive and we have more valuable information for tomorrow."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2011, Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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