Yamaha Valencia test day 2 report

Lorenzo and Spies wrap up successful Valencia official MotoGP test Day two of the Valencia test started under better conditions than yesterday, allowing Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies a full morning's riding in the ...

Lorenzo and Spies wrap up successful Valencia official MotoGP test

Day two of the Valencia test started under better conditions than yesterday, allowing Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies a full morning's riding in the Spanish sunshine. Both riders had completed their testing schedule by the lunchtime break, giving the Yamaha engineers enough data to work over the winter break for the first of the 2011 tests in Sepang at the end of January. Lorenzo gave a repeat performance of yesterday, moving quickly to the top of the timesheets and remaining the fastest rider of the day until the last hour, dropping to second position by just over one tenth of a second. Having completed all Yamaha testing requirements early on the 2010 MotoGP World Champion spent some time evaluating tyres for the next season before calling it a day at lunchtime. Lorenzo now heads home for some well-earned rest over the winter. Team-mate Spies was also ahead on his schedule for the test, putting some of yesterday's data through it's paces this morning with positive results. He then also spent some time evaluating tyres before wrapping up at lunchtime to draw his test time to a close. The American's impressive speed on the 2011 prototype YZR-M1 bike saw him second fastest rider for the majority of the day behind his team-mate until the last hour, finishing the day third fastest. Spies now heads home to the USA for his winter holiday to recharge before the Sepang test in just under three months time.

Jorge Lorenzo
Rider No.1 - Position: 2nd - Time: 1'32.179 - Laps: 30

"Basically we tried some new tyres from Bridgestone today, they had quite a different feeling, but there wasn't a big difference in general performance. We also reconfirmed the settings we tried yesterday so we've given Yamaha some good data to work with over the winter. I'm very happy with how the test has gone; I'm quite tired so I'm looking forward to having some rest now and coming back strong to start again."

Ben Spies
Rider No.11 - Position: 3rd - Time: 1'32.322 - Laps: 49

"We've had another good day and another day of learning. We messed with the bike a bit, changed some settings and went in a positive direction. So another good session working with the new crew again, I'm very happy with it. I read some comments from Jorge about the new engine for next year, he seemed to be happy with the way that was going so I look forward to seeing that in Malaysia. I'm looking forward to now having a couple of months of then getting back to it!"

Ramon Forcada - Crew Chief for Jorge Lorenzo

"Today we finished the testing plan we made. There weren't so many things to try as we did a really good job yesterday. We finished the Yamaha test plan so this morning we evaluated some tyres and provided some good information to Bridgestone for their development. We've finished early as we tested everything we needed to and Jorge felt good about all the results. It's been a long season and after the emotions of the last Grand Prix races it's time to let him go and have a rest! The new bike has the same feeling as the 2010 machine but with improvements, allowing us to be faster and perform better in a number of areas."

Tom Houseworth - Crew Chief for Ben Spies

"We tested the prototype again this morning, we collected the data from yesterday and following a meeting last night made some setting changes for today which we tested with very positive results. Once we had achieved these we went ahead and tested the Bridgestone tyres, testing three options, one of which Ben really liked a lot. The test has been very productive and very promising for the future on the new bike. Ben is really optimistic and looking forward to continuing at Sepang."

-source: yamaha

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