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Successful second Sepang Test for Yamaha

Successful second Sepang Test for Yamaha

The second outing for Yamaha Factory riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies proved to be a great success as the riders worked through a number of updates including chassis, electronics and set up in both wet and dry conditions.

Both Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies suffered crashes in the morning on the final day but were unhurt. Lorenzo spent the final afternoon engaged in a race simulation run, pleased with the results that demonstrated he could deliver consistent fast laps over an extended period around the 2’01 second mark. Lorenzo ended the test in fourth position, 0.404 seconds behind Casey Stoner, while Spies leaves Sepang in confident mood having bonded well with the 1000cc bike in both wet and dry conditions, taking his first ever wet laps of the circuit yesterday afternoon. The Texan wrapped up the test in eighth place, 0.959 seconds from first.

Jorge Lorenzo
"Well, this afternoon was one of the hardest race simulations of my career because the 1000 is more tiring to ride and the rear tyre seems to drop a lot after three or four laps. After this the feeling stays the same but it’s very different to last year, it’s almost like racing in the rain trying to control the rear in the corner exits and acceleration. I managed to finish the simulation with a good pace so all in all it has been a very positive test, thank you to Yamaha for their hard work."

Ben Spies
"Today was good, we unfortunately had a small crash but we learned a lot and got to test some new electronic settings which were a big improvement. We also tried some different shock settings which were a big step forward. It’s a shame we crashed but we know from this test that the bike has great potential so we can go to Jerez with confidence."

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

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