Valencia: Yamaha Friday notes

Yamaha make a strong start in Valencia The Yamaha World Superbike Team ended the first day of on good form with both riders taking top five positions in the first of the Valencia qualifying sessions. As relative newcomers to the circuit having...

Yamaha make a strong start in Valencia

The Yamaha World Superbike Team ended the first day of on good form with both riders taking top five positions in the first of the Valencia qualifying sessions. As relative newcomers to the circuit having never raced here it was an impressive start for both Spies and Sykes who were quicker than a number of World Superbike regulars in the Spanish sunshine.

Spies finished the session in 2nd position 0.13 seconds behind fastest rider Max Biaggi (Aprilia) whilst team-mate Sykes wrapped up the session in fifth place a mere 0.5 seconds off the leader. Sykes took a small spill at the end of the session whilst experimenting with different corner gears but was unhurt.

Ben Spies, Yamaha World Superbike Team (2nd, 1'34.907)

"It was a good day for us, in the first session we ran into some problems and we were unable to finish the session but in the second session we were really good. I think we've found our race set-up and race tyres already so we're now just going to continue to make the bike better. I think it's going to be a really good track for the bike, everybody's definitely a little bit closer here, our goal for sure is just to stay with all the other bikes and see how we get on. The Ducati's have always statistically been the better bikes round here, so our goal is to stay with them and look for our opportunity, if we can be strong at this track we can be strong anywhere. Right now our bike is working really well, but we can still make improvements and make it better for the race."

Tom Sykes, Yamaha World Superbike Team (5th 1'35.270)

"Over all for me it was a good day. We started off a little bit slower in the first session but again thanks to the team we've come back this afternoon and tried a couple of things with the suspension and straight away I felt a lot more at home, especially with the heavy braking areas . At the end of the session we tried some new tyres and straight away I was doing low 35's, and I feel confident we could have got into the 34's. I had a small crash at the end, totally my mistake. I was going into turn two and I tried using a different gear. On the exit it was working really well but unfortunately I had less engine braking on the way in so I just overloaded the front a little and at this pace that little bit is enough go down. On a positive note it was something that we can identify, it was my fault and not the bike, we've got a really good base setting and can go into tomorrow looking to make even more improvements."

Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager

"we are very satisfied, considering it's the first proper day in Valencia for our bikes and for our riders we've performed pretty well. We are already looking to tomorrow to make some small adjustments to the set-up which we will do and that's it. We may work a little bit more on the tyre endurance to try to find the best one to use for the race but overall we have a good set-up and looking forward to racing on Sunday."

-credit: yamaha

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Ben Spies , Tom Sykes