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Lorenzo and Spies commence 2011 task

Lorenzo and Spies commence 2011 task

The Yamaha Factory Racing Team riders were up to speed quickly on day one of the Sepang Test, and both finished ready to push on across the next two days.

Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies began tackling the first official MotoGP Test of the year at Sepang on Tuesday, and it was a productive opening day for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team duo in Malaysia.

Both re-familiarising themselves with the M1after a two-month winter break without riding a MotoGP bike, the pace was immediately there and Lorenzo ended the day second fastest on the timesheet (2’01.977) with Spies fifth (2’02.332).

"It's been a good start today, we tried a few things and it seemed that for everything we tried it was a little bit better,” said Lorenzo, who was fractionally over four-tenths off fastest rider Casey Stoner. “They’re not big improvements but as I said in Valencia at the Test last year, the 2011 bike seems to have less wheelie so we can open the throttle earlier in the corners and in some corners I have better corner speed as well.”

Lorenzo added: “Today was my first ride wearing Alpinestars so there were a lot of things for me to get used to. We pushed a bit more towards the end of the session and got faster, we will continue to make the step tomorrow.”

Spies, at a further 0.355s behind his team-mate, was also very satisfied with the day’s efforts and after refreshing his feeling with the M1 is now prepared for a busy next two days.

"Today was good. The weather forecast wasn't so great so to get as much time on the bike as we did was good,” said the American, who escaped a minor fall early in the day without any damage. “We set out to not do too many laps to avoid getting tired, it's easy to over-do it on the first day. We did enough to get my head up to speed then relaxed as we have a lot to look at over the next two days for Yamaha and Bridgestone.”

“It's my first day with the new team and they were fantastic, everybody worked together really well,” he continued. “We ended up going faster than we did here last year in the race which shows my confidence in the bike and the team. There's more to come from the bike and from me too, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Lorenzo and Spies will spend Wednesday working on various areas of the 2011 M1 development, along with testing tyres for Bridgestone.

MotoGP, 2011, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

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