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Lorenzo and Spies handle changeable conditions

Lorenzo and Spies handle changeable conditions

The Factory Yamaha Racing riders were fourth and fifth fastest respectively on day one of the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya.

The MotoGP paddock had a less than perfect start to the GP of Catalunya today at the Montmeló circuit as changing weather conditions disrupted the first free practice sessions. A sunny morning gradually changed to deliver spots of rain towards the end of the first practice. The second session in the afternoon saw the same disruption with the first 30 minutes wet and just over 20 minutes of drying time available at the end for the riders.

Both Yamaha Factory Racing riders made as much use of the dry time as possible, testing some different chassis settings and for Ben Spies some different body positioning in the hunt for more performance. Lorenzo and his team mate recorded their fastest times of the day in the morning session going fourth and fifth respectively, positions they retained in the second heat, giving them a provisional second row position.

Jorge Lorenzo:
“Today we didn’t ride so much because the rain started at the end of the first session and the opposite in the afternoon. There were only 20 minutes of dry time at the end so we had only eight laps more or less to try some settings of the bike. We are quite far from first position but we have another full practice tomorrow morning to improve. I’m happy to be here with my home crowd but it’s going to be tough to fight for victory. I need to be patient and calm and give it the maximum and fight for the podium.”

Ben Spies:
“I’m feeling good about today, it was a tricky session going out in the rain and dry, you couldn’t see how wet it was on the track so I had to feel it out a bit. We had a pretty big change on the bike trying to move my position around; I think we’ve found something and we’re hoping to now get some more dry time tomorrow. To be top five at the end of the first practice day and closer to the front is a lot better so we’ll keep building on this.”

Wilco Zeelenberg, Team Manager:
“We had an odd first day; it’s difficult to judge where we are because the circumstances were very strange, wet in the beginning and dry at the end of the second session. Compared to last year the lap times are slower but everybody has more or less the same situation. Hopefully tomorrow it dries so we can prepare ourselves for Sunday, so far we have no major problems.”

Massimo Meregalli, Team Director:
“The weather didn’t help us so much to work on the set up of the bikes today but I can see that we had good speed and after both sessions we have both riders in the top five which is a good starting point for the weekend. Let’s wait and see what we can do tomorrow.”

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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