Yamaha Qatar test, day 1 report

Final Pre-Season Test Gets Underway at Qatar

Final Pre-Season Test Gets Underway at Qatar

Ben Spies of Yamaha Factory Team
Ben Spies of Yamaha Factory Team

Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo made an impressive start to the last of the winter MotoGP tests under the floodlights of the Losail circuit in Qatar tonight. Both riders spent the session working on chassis set up and electronics for the upcoming season opening race this coming weekend. The session got underway at 1800 local time as the light faded and the floodlights came up, Lorenzo the first to take to the track. By mid-session 2010 Rookie of the Year Spies had climbed to fastest rider, team mate and reigning World Champion Lorenzo was just 0.495 seconds behind in third. Spies ended the session in fourth position just 0.292 seconds from the front of the pack. Lorenzo completed an impressive 60 laps over the session, working corner by corner to improve stability and also taking time for an extended run. The Mallorcan wrappe d up today in fifth, 0.411 seconds from the front.

Ben Spies - Yamaha Factory Racing Rider
4th, 1'56.563 (38 laps)

"We made the bike go in a pretty good direction today and hopefully we can get a little bit more out of it. We want to try another tyre tomorrow that we haven't used yet, all in all it's been a good first session. The bike seems to be closer to the front than Malaysia and I've got pretty good expectations after the first day. The track is a lot more flowing here which suits our bike well; I think this should be a good track for us."

Jorge Lorenzo - Yamaha Factory Racing Rider
5th, 1'56.682 (60 laps)

"We tried a few different things on some corners today to try to make the bike more stable when I open the throttle; in almost all the gears we have done a good job. It seems we are closer to the Honda guys than in Sepang so I'm happy. We are going to continue and try a few different things tomorrow to try and find some more grip as well."

Massimo Meregalli - Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director

"A good day, we tested two different set ups with Ben, both of which were working quite well. We will re-confirm them tomorrow then start with some other items. As a starting day as a team we can be satisfied, everything has worked well and smoothly on both sides of the garage."

-source: yamaha

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Ben Spies , Jorge Lorenzo
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing
Tags TEST, qatar, yamaha