Yamaha riders pace Aragon test

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The Yamaha Factory Racing team wrapped up a successful one-day test at the Aragon Motorland circuit today. Riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo spent the sessions re-confirming areas tested in Monday’s Catalunya test. The focus was again on a new engine specification, various chassis settings and some electronics. The riders also took time to work on set up for the Aragon track ahead of the race later in the season.

Spies led the majority of the day as the fastest rider on track, only overtaken by team mate Lorenzo towards the end of the session with a gap difference of 0.255 seconds. The Factory riders were followed by satellite Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso, making the top four all Yamaha.

Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing
Ben Spies, Yamaha Factory Racing

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“This test has been very important because it’s not easy to find the best set up for the 1000cc bike here as there is so much change from the 800,” said Catalunya winner Jorge Lorenzo. “We tried the engine again like we did in Barcelona, there wasn’t so much difference so the engineers now have to make a decision for moving forward. They will consider the data from today to help them.”

“Today was a good test, to come back after not such a fantastic race on Sunday and be consistently fast here and in the Catalunya test is important,”Spies said. “We’ve worked really well with the bike and the electronics and just tried to change a few things and fine tune. The track was a lot better than we thought, we were expecting it to be quite dirty but it wasn’t. I feel like I’m getting back up to the potential of the bike and myself which is good.”

Rider TeamTime
Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) Yamaha Factory Racing 1'49.187
Ben Spies (USA) Yamaha Factory Racing 1'49.442
Cal Cruthlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'49.687
Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'49.887
Hector Barbera (ESP) Pramac Racing 1'50.196
Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 1'50.204
Alvaro Bautista (ESP) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1'50.294
Valentino Rossi (ITA) Ducati Team 1'50.369
Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 1'51.146
Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 1'51.977
Michele Pirro (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1'52.452
Yonny Hernandez (COL) Avintia Racing MotoGP 1'52.502
Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1'52.589
Ivan Silva (ESP) Avintia Racing MotoGP 1'53.929
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