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Clear goals for Yamaha Factory Racing duo

Clear goals for Yamaha Factory Racing duo

Both Yamaha Factory Racing riders were confident, but fully aware of what must be done on Saturday, following the opening day of practice for Jerez’s Gran Premio bwin de España.

Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets in both Friday sessions, leading the way from Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa, but admits that bike setup changes will have to be made in order to prevent his compatriot from overwhelming him.

“At the beginning of second practice I felt better than this morning but, with the warmer temperatures, it has been difficult to keep the same pace,” reports the reigning World Champion. “We will have to work on the settings to keep the same pace for tomorrow. We need to try to improve our pace by three or four tenths; to ride comfortably in the 39s will be a good feeling. I’m happy that we were first in today’s two sessions, but I want more.”

Rossi is also on the lookout for more, not least as he missed out on a podium finish at the second round of the championship in Austin a fortnight ago.

“The first and second practices were not so bad,” says the Italian, who last won in Jerez for Yamaha in 2009. “We tried to work and understand a good balance for the bike. We still haven’t found the perfect way yet. We also tried to understand the right tyre choice for the race because it is difficult with the Soft and also with the Hard, so we need to make sure we make the right choice to go fast on Sunday.

“Anyway, we are in fourth place and not so far from pole position. Tomorrow we have to try to continue to work in this way because it will be important for the race to start at the maximum - within the first five.”

Celebrating his 26th birthday on Saturday, Lorenzo will be honoured as the final corner of the Circuito de Jerez – currently dubbed Ducados – will take his name.

MotoGP, 2013, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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