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Yamaha Factory Racing wraps up test in USA

Yamaha Factory Racing wraps up test in USA

The Yamaha Factory Racing bikes are being transported away from Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on Wednesday evening, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi having ended their programme after two of the three days of this week’s private test.

Once again, although the lap times fell on Day 2, they mean little as the test was more about collecting data for the complex, twisty and undulating anti-clockwise track. COTA, new to MotoGP™ this year, will be hosting the second round of the season next month.

"The test here was organized by Honda to cover three days, but we knew from the beginning that two days would be enough for us," explained Yamaha Team Director Massimo Meregalli. "The target was to allow the riders to get used to the circuit and get as much data as possible for our Japanese engineers."

Both Lorenzo and Rossi improved over the course of the second day, cutting back their personal best lap times while continuing to search for more grip.

"I feel better today," the Spaniard began. "In the last run before the lunch break, we changed the setup of the bike and improved by some tenths, so we are closer to the fastest riders, but not as much as we would like. We were too soft on the suspension to start with, but we made it harder and at this track that works…we have been trying different setups - no new parts, just playing with the setup and changing the suspension and forks - and on the last run I improved by half a second (just) with setup changes."

Italy’s Rossi echoed the sentiments of his teammate, with whom he reunites in 2013 after a two-year spell with Ducati Team yielded no race victories for the nine-time title winner.

"Step-by-step we improved a lot from yesterday but have some disadvantages compared to the other guys, so we need to put all the sections together," he admitted. "The target was to come here and try to understand the track and try to be ready for the race.

"Our competitors are able to accelerate faster than us from the hairpin and they have a bit more grip on the edge compared to us, so these are the areas where we have to work."

From the start of next weekend, Yamaha will regroup at Jerez for the fourth and final Official MotoGP™ Test before the season launches in Qatar on 7th April.

MotoGP, 2013, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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