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Mixed weather provides frustrating start for Yamaha in Sepang

The Grand Prix of Malaysia got underway today at the Sepang circuit in typically hot conditions with humidity over 85% and Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies spent the morning session working through a base set up to try and improve rear grip issues at a number of corners, with Lorenzo third and Spies sixth.

The afternoon’s second free practice proved to be useless for the majority of the MotoGP riders as an early rain shower left them with a half wet, half dry track. As a result both Yamaha Factory riders only ventured out for a single lap on wet tyres and didn’t record a time, the conditions making it very easy to crash and providing little useful data.

Jorge Lorenzo

"This morning was great, from the beginning I was competitive and more or less at the same pace as Dani and Casey. Casey especially is much stronger than he was in Japan. This afternoon unfortunately we couldn’t practice because of the weather. We need to improve the behaviour of the bike in acceleration for tomorrow, it’s a little nervous so we need to make it a little easier." 

Ben Spies

"This morning was pretty normal, the track wasn’t so great and we had some electronic issues that hindered us a little but the bike was working pretty well. We were hoping to get a good session in this afternoon but the rain was against us. It wasn’t worth taking any risks with the track being half dry and half wet so we’ll wait for tomorrow and see what happens."

Press release courtesy of Yamaha Factory Racing.

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

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