Lorenzo rounds off Malaysia test with promising final day in Sepang
Future Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo rounded off his second test with the factory with more steady improvement in Malaysia today, bettering his lap time from yesterday by almost a second. After intermittent rain for the last two days, the MotoGP teams were rewarded with a completely dry day today and Lorenzo made the most of the time available, completing 83 laps of the 5,548m circuit.
Lorenzo's best time of 2'02.643, which put him seventh, was set on qualifying tyres near the end of the day. However he set his fastest lap on race tyres in the early afternoon, his time of 2.03.044 showing his improvement over the course of the test. The quickest lap of the day was set by Nicky Hayden, also on qualifying tyres, in a time of 2.00.592
The Fiat Yamaha Team will now pack up and return to Europe for a week's rest before the final test of the year at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain on 27th, 28th and 29th November.
Jorge Lorenzo - 7th, 2'02.643, 83 Laps "Overall I'm happy with these three days of testing. It's been hard work but I have improved each day and especially today, when I have gone nearly one second faster with race tyres than I was yesterday. I've been concentrating on changing my riding style; braking later and accelerating sooner and we can see from the data that I have improved quite a lot, although we still have more to do. I am okay on the longer, faster corners but on the slower ones I have more problems. We haven't done so much work on the tyres, just trying one different tyre, the same as we tried in Valencia, and with this tyre we improved half a second. I didn't ride the new bike today but it was good to get the chance to try it briefly yesterday. We won't start working on it properly until January; for now the important thing is for me to learn as much as possible about ridin g a MotoGP bike. I've had fun these three days and I'm quite happy with my progress, and now we will look forward to Jerez."
Daniele Romagnoli -- Team Manager "The main use of this test has been to collect information regarding the needs of Jorge as we try to make him as comfortable as possible on our bike. We have tried to move his position on the bike slightly further back and we have made some changes here, but we are now waiting for some new parts for the future which we think will improve his position further. Overall we've improved his braking points and his feeling going into the corners; this is an ongoing process and we will continue to work on it over the next tests. Thanks to Jorge and to the team for their hard work and for so many laps; everything we've done here will help us for the future."
Masahiko Nakajima -- Fiat Yamaha Team Director "Today we've had a good test and we were helped by the weather being sunny all day. Jorge managed many laps and we got through a lot of work. We've found a good direction now with regards to his chassis set-up and this is very encouraging news for us. Jorge, his crew and all the Yamaha engineers are all working together and sharing in his development and learning process, and we are very clear now what we have to do in preparation for the next test in Jerez. We've learnt a lot here and it's been a very useful test for us."