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Yamaha keep up the pace in Malaysia

Yamaha keep up the pace in Malaysia

Yamaha Factory riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo continued to show promising form on day two of testing at Sepang. After getting back into the rhythm of riding on the first day, today was spent focusing on comparative testing in a number of areas.

The team worked to gather data to optimise the balance of the 2012 YZR-M1 chassis while also working to refine the power delivery of the increased engine capacity through electronics and power delivery.

Spies led the field for the majority of the day with team mate Lorenzo just behind, until the Texan was eventually knocked from the top spot by just 0.157 seconds by Casey Stoner. Tomorrow’s final day of testing will see a further shakedown by the Yamaha riders before they return in one month for the second Official MotoGP Test of the season.

Ben Spies: Position: 2nd Time: 2'01.052 Laps: 37
"We got going pretty well in the morning, then even when the track started to slow down the pace was still really good. We started to mess with the balance of the bike a little today and played with the electronics to find a good foundation with the bike. At Valencia we compared some stuff and got in the right direction. Now we’re here and taking the next step, trying some things to see how it affects the set up. There’s definitely some room for improvement and some areas we’re not struggling with at all."

Jorge Lorenzo: Position: 3rd Time: 2'01.068 Laps: 40
"Today I was much more tired than yesterday so it was tough to finish with a good pace but we managed it. We didn’t find any big improvements but some small details. Tomorrow we hope to make one big step. We improved our lap times a lot in the morning but in the afternoon when it was even hotter we managed to go faster which is very positive."

MotoGP, 2012, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

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