Although Honda has placed their riders atop the leaderboard at the end of the MotoGP test at Sepang, Yamaha has confirmed progress compared to last season. Except for Ben Spies, who finished the test prematurely after a crash without consequences, the patrol of M1 was able to progressively Stoner and Pedrosa . More importantly in the championship, the new home of the 1000 Iwata has emerged as the bike more versatile of the lot, allowing the two satellite team riders to finish in the top 5 positions.
Particularly surprising crescendo of Andrea Dovizioso, 3 º to three tenths off the top and increasingly close-knit with the new bike. "I am very happy with the work done in these 3 days, now gone from fear - said Forlì - For me it was the first test where I was able to push, and I had a good time at the end. Then I did a little race simulation for 15 rounds, thanks to which we have collected important data. I'm curious to test at Jerez. It is a track very different, slower, and will help us better understand the M1 " .
Yesterday 'Dovi' Jorge Lorenzo had framed in his own reference point . Today the student has surpassed the teacher, but do not rest on our laurels. " Something is still missing on race pace compared to Jorge - he said - he is very good in the simulation. He can stay the same until the end. feel for Yamaha improved, but our work is not quite finished " .
The challenge for Dovizioso in Yamaha was founded with the specific goal of earning a motorcycle officer next year, and this result is the first move in that direction. "Being among the first Yamaha riders after these tests is important for my future. Continue on this road is vital to receiving changes during the season " .
Satisfied even Jorge Lorenzo, 4 º to four tenths behind Stoner . In the afternoon, the Spaniard has made a long run of 19 laps, with a passage about 2'01 tall. "The race simulation this afternoon was one of the toughest of my career - he said - The 1000 is more difficult to ride and the rear tire loses a lot of grip after just 3/4 laps , then remains almost unchanged. It was almost like running in the wet, trying to control the rear and acceleration out of corners. I found a good pace on the final, and is been a very productive test " .
Closes the internal ranking Yamaha Ben Spies, 8 º to a second behind Stoner . The U.S. remains optimistic awaiting the return to the track at Jerez, March 23 to 25. "Today, unfortunately, I had an innocuous fall, but I managed to try some electronic upgrades and new configurations to the fork which is a big step forward - he said - The bike has great potential and I am confident for the testing at Jerez " .
source: GP One