MotoGP: Sepang Test 2 - Yamaha Day One Report

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release:

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi returned to work today as the second Sepang test of the 2014 MotoGP pre-season schedule got underway in Malaysia.

The riders were able to further test developments from the first Sepang session a few weeks ago along with some work on the new Bridgestone tires. Unfortunately the Sepang circuit was much dirtier than the first test following some four-wheeled activity on the track, making it difficult for the riders to replicate their form from the previous visit.

Lorenzo ended the first day in fifth position, 0.310 seconds from first and less than satisfied with the new rubber. The Mallorcan will return to the track tomorrow determined to find a way to make the 2014 tires work effectively with the YZR-M1.

Following from a very successful first test, Rossi was hard at work today, putting in an impressive number of laps whilst working on improving the balance of his M1. The Italian led the session briefly earlier on, slipping to seventh overall, 0.5 seconds from the front as he too explored set up options with the 2014 tire choices.

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

5th / 2'01.158 / 56 laps

“The new rear tires, both the soft and the hard, are not working properly on our M1. We tried many things but for the moment we haven’t found any solutions. Tomorrow we are going to try something different with the electronics that worked last year to try to improve a little bit because we are not so good today. The tires don't give me any confidence in the corner entry, in the middle of the corner and on acceleration. It seems Bridgestone will not be providing different tires this year so we have to adapt to the situation.”

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Valentino Rossi #46:

7th / 2'01.349 / 65 laps

“The track is not fantastic. Especially if you compare it to the first test where it was very good. A lot of cars have used the track and there is some oil in some places, the track is very dirty so it is more difficult to get to a good lap time. In the end we were coming better though. We worked a lot on all aspects; we tried to find a right balance, concentrating on the braking. Especially we tried to make the best setting for the new tires because in the first test we used old tires from 2013 that were good for the M1. We have a problem with the 2014 ones so we have to concentrate to take the maximum benefit from them but already at the end of today it was not so bad.”

Massimo Meregalli - Team Director:

“It has been a long day’s work and we were able to put together a lot of information. We are still focused on making the new tire work properly on our bike and we found something interesting compared to the last test that needs to be adjusted. I think we are in the right direction to fix this problem. We have two more days so we expect by the end of the last day we will provide a good performance.”

Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager:

“The first day is done, we tested a lot of material today to improve our package. The track conditions were not that good so I think we will improve step by step and we will reconfirm tomorrow. There was quite some oil on the track so the circumstances were quite difficult to compare stuff. This upsets the riders a bit as you need to compare things to the last test and it was difficult to be precise. We still have a lot to do over the next two days!”


1.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2'00.848

2.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2'00.900

** 3.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    2'00.999**

4.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    2'01.029

5.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Yamaha Factory Racing    2'01.158

6.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    2'01.160

7.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Yamaha Factory Racing    2'01.349

8.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    2'01.491

** 9.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    2'01.644**

10.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Drive M7 Aspar    2'02.227

11.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    2'02.319

12.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    2'02.334

13.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    2'02.709

14.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2'02.743

15.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2'02.823

16.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    2'02.975

17.    Randy De Puniet (FRA)    Suzuki Test Team    2'03.341

18.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2'03.553

19.    Michele Pirro (ITA)    Ducati Test Team    2'03.991

20.    Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN) Yamaha Factory Test Team 2'04.165

21.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    2'04.885

22.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    2'05.638

23.    Nobuatsu Aoki (JPN)    Suzuki Test Team    2'07.302

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