Fiat Yamaha Jerez IRTA test notes 2008-02-16

Lorenzo Makes Impressive Return to Home Soil in Jerez New Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo completed a promising first day of testing at the Official MotoGP tests in Jerez today. Although he rode the Yamaha here last November, today is the...

Lorenzo Makes Impressive Return to Home Soil in Jerez

New Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo completed a promising first day of testing at the Official MotoGP tests in Jerez today. Although he rode the Yamaha here last November, today is the first time the 250cc World Champion has ridden on home soil in Fiat Yamaha colours as an official Yamaha rider, and the rookie marked an impressive day by finishing third fastest overall.

Lorenzo started from the base setting he found here last November and spent the day developing his race set-up and testing both front and rear Michelin tyres, with positive results all round and some excellent times on race tyres. At the end of the day the 20-year-old put in an impressive lap on a qualifying tyre, setting a time of 1'39.528 on his 94th lap.

Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 3rd Time: 1'39.528 Laps: 94

"This morning things didn't start so well and I had a few problems, especially with the wind, but step-by-step we made some changes and I started to improve and feel better and better. We made some good changes to the bike and the chassis and finally we started to make improvements with the front end in the braking areas. We made a big step with the engine as well today, and we have some more power now.I have gained confidence today and I think in the end it's been my best day so far. After the problems we had in Sepang, I can't believe that we made such a good time on race tyres and the third best on qualifying tyres! Like I said, it was my best day despite the problems this morning but tomorrow I would like to have an even better one where everything is good right from the start!"

Daniele Romagnoli - Team Manager

"Today was a positive day for us. We started the day with the same set-up as we used here in November and then gradually made changes to the setting and balance. We found more stability in the front for the rider going into the turns and also under acceleration, so this is encouraging for us. We also tested some Michelin tyres, both front and back, and found some promising new things to continue working with. Finally we tried a qualifying tyre, just to check the situation before tomorrow, and Jorge went very well with this. Now we hope for good weather for tomorrow so we can have another good day like this."

Rossi Celebrates Birthday With Promising First Day in Jerez

Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi, who celebrated his 29th birthday, put in a strong showing on the first day of the Official MotoGP Test at Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Spain today. The seven-time World Champion spent the majority of the day atop the time sheets after lapping consistently fastest on race tyres throughout a long morning session, although he eventually finished the day further down the order in eighth position after several riders put in fast laps on qualifying tyres later on.

Rossi continued to make good progress with his set-up on Bridgestone race tyres, making the most of the day's good weather to put in a total of 92 laps on his YZR-M1. The birthday boy's best time of 1'40.641 was only a fraction off the existing lap record, which he set on his way to a memorable victory over Sete Gibernau in the 2005 race here. Fastest man on track today was Nicky Hayden with a lap of 1'29.200.

Tomorrow sees the traditional televised forty-minute timed session taking place between 1405 and 1445 local time. With a high possibility of rain the event, which Rossi 'won' here last year, looks like being an eventful battle for pre-season honours.

Valentino Rossi - Position: 8th Time: 1'40.641 Laps: 92

"It's good to be here on my birthday because I love to ride my bike and I had fun today. I had a special helmet with the design of a birthday cake on it, so this was my way to celebrate today! For the first day it's not so bad at all, I feel good with the tyres and the balance and power of the engine is also okay. Of course we're not at 100% and we need to improve in some areas, especially in the entry to the corner where we're not yet at the maximum. We tried a new generation of Bridgestone qualifying tyre today, whilst tomorrow we will have the more standard tyre, which we were very fast with in Sepang, so I think we will be able to fight with the others in the 'qualifying' session.Overall we've made a very good start and I feel confident that we can continue to be even faster tomorrow."

Davide Brivio - Team Manager

"We've made a good start today and done some very good work. At the end we tried a new type of qualifying tyre and on this we weren't so fast but we will try what we know works tomorrow and hopefully we can be competitive alongside the others. It's been a very positive day for Valentino and the whole team and we are looking forward to more of the same for the rest of the test."

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Sete Gibernau , Jorge Lorenzo , Davide Brivio