Yamaha Racing Valencian test summary

Yamaha begins a new chapter with Jorge Lorenzo in Jerez Day one - Reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who will ride for the Fiat Yamaha Team in 2008, got his first taste of the YZR-M1 today as he tested with Yamaha for the first time in...

Yamaha begins a new chapter with Jorge Lorenzo in Jerez

Day one - Reigning 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who will ride for the Fiat Yamaha Team in 2008, got his first taste of the YZR-M1 today as he tested with Yamaha for the first time in Valencia this afternoon. Valentino Rossi, who will partner Lorenzo next season, has returned home for further treatment on his right hand, which he broke during qualifying last Saturday.

20-year old Lorenzo, who hails from the Balearic Island of Mallorca, completed 52 laps throughout the afternoon as he took the time to get acquainted with his new machine. He finished a creditable tenth in the unofficial lap times with a best lap of 1'34.320, and will complete another full day of testing tomorrow.

Jorge Lorenzo (10th, 1'34.32, 52 laps)

"I'm very proud to be here in this garage and it's been quite an emotional day for me. I'm very happy to have the chance to try my new bike and I enjoyed myself a lot today. My first aim has just been to get comfortable on the bike and to try to understand as much as I can about it. I went very gently because the difference in power from my 250 bike is very big! I am definitely a long way from the limit but I think I made a good start. We need a lot of time and a lot of kilometres in order to learn about the bike, but I am looking forward to improving at each test."

Daniele Romagnoli -- Jorge Lorenzo's Team Manager

"This afternoon the aim was to get Jorge comfortable on the bike -- this is the most important thing at this stage. We adapted the handlebars and ride height to suit him and changed around a few other things to get him into the right position. We also worked a bit on the engine braking system because for him this is one of the biggest changes between a two-stroke bike, which is what he is used to, and a four-stroke MotoGP bike. He put in a lot of laps and it's been an interesting and exciting day for everyone. We're looking forward to having another whole day tomorrow."

Masahiko Nakajima -- Fiat Yamaha Team Director

"Today has been a sort of 'team launch' because we had new staff members joining the team and, above all, our new rider Jorge Lorenzo. I think that today we did a good job and it felt like there was a good atmosphere in our garage. We only had three hours of testing but Jorge completed 56 laps; more than any other rider today. Each run was more or less ten laps and this means that he was able to keep a high level of concentration. His attitude towards the development of the bike was very good. Jorge learnt a lot today and I am sure he will learn even more tomorrow."

Day two Lorenzo settles in at Yamaha with encouraging second day in Spain

A second day of testing for Jorge Lorenzo with the Fiat Yamaha Team in Valencia today saw the double 250cc World Champion making solid progress throughout, as he gradually got to grips with his new bike. The 20-year old Spaniard, who will officially join the team in January as team-mate to Valentino Rossi, completed an impressive total of 86 laps on a 2008 prototype YZR-M1 and his times improved constantly, as he gradually gained more confidence in his new machine.

Lorenzo's best time of the day came on a qualifying tyre, a lap of 1'32.68 putting him sixth in the unofficial standings. His best lap on a race tyre, a time of 1'33.57, was nearly a second faster than his best lap yesterday and for the second day running he was the fastest of the three MotoGP rookies, all of whom are joining the premier class from the quarter-litre category. Lorenzo will work with his his new team again next week in Malaysia, for a three-day test in Sepang.

Jorge Lorenzo (6th, 1'32.68, 86 Laps)

"Obviously I'm feeling much more comfortable and relaxed on the bike than I did yesterday, when everything felt very new! It's been good to have a full day to really concentrate on getting used to the bike and I've been feeling better and better throughout the day. The set-up we used today was more or less the same as yesterday, but today we worked mostly on tyres, because these are also new for me. I'm happy with what we've done at this first test and I very am pleased to be here. Now I am looking forward to next week when we will go to Malaysia and I will have another chance to learn more about the bike."

Daniele Romagnoli -- Jorge Lorenzo's Team Manager

"We started today with yesterday's setting and a reference tyre, just to check what we found yesterday. Then we began to work a bit with tyres, mainly rear, and we found some improvements. His riding is improving as he gains more confidence on the bike and the lap times are already quite good. We have seen him learn a lot about the MotoGP bike in just one and a half days and he's made some very good progress. It's been a good first test for him and now we will keep going like this next week in Malaysia."

Masahiko Nakajima -- Fiat Yamaha Team Director

"Today we made some changes to the set-up and especially to the suspension, and these small changes together have made Jorge more comfortable. His lap times today have been very consistent and have gradually got faster, without making any steps backward, and this is very encouraging. Although a MotoGP bike is very new to him and he is only just beginning to learn about it, his lap times and data show he is adapting quickly and that the changes we have made are improving things for him. This is the feedback we need at this stage. His hard work over these two days has been much appreciated and we're very happy."

-credit: yrc

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo