MotoGP: Sepang Test 2 - Yamaha Day Three Report

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release:

Yamaha Factory Racing's Valentino Rossi has completed the second official test of the 2014 MotoGP season as the fastest rider. Rossi wrapped up the three days of riding at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia with a fastest time of 1'59.999, one of only two riders to drop under the two minute mark after an impressive fastest lap today.

Whilst still struggling to find a perfect solution to the new Bridgestone tires, Jorge Lorenzo was able to find a change to make some improvement to set up today. The Mallorcan was still less than satisfied overall with the grip levels on offer from the 2014 rubber. Lorenzo was able to step a little closer to the front than yesterday, wrapping up in seventh, just over 0.6 of a second from his teammate in first.

The Team now move directly to Phillip Island in Australia for a further test before the season kicks off under the floodlights of Qatar on the 23rd March.

Valentino Rossi race action shot

Valentino Rossi #46:

1st / 1'59.999 / 41 laps

“First of all I am very happy because I am in first position and I did a good lap. I was one of the only ones in the 1’59s which is positive, especially because with the 2014 tires in the first test we tried a time attack and I was more than one second slower than today. This test we have always been at the top and fighting for the first position so it’s positive. We still have some problems when it’s very hot over long distance with the new tires, so we still have to work, but we made a good step from the first test. The next test in Philip Island will be very important to understand if also there we improved a lot like here because I am more than one second faster than the second test of last year so we have been working well.”

Jorge Lorenzo race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo #99:

7th / 2'00.619 / 70 laps

“We found a better solution today to improve our situation and adapt these tires at this track. The tires are much harder in the sidewalls. At this track, with this tarmac that is very slippery, it’s not the same as Phillip Island or Mugello for example, it’s impossible for us to be competitive. This tyre is much worse for Yamaha and better for Honda. Our bike is competitive, at a similar level to the competitors but with the tire we have problems. We tried a simulation today and it was worse and worse every lap. In the edge there is a problem with no grip but also when you pick up the bike it spins. You can improve the feeling a little to get more grip but when the tyre starts to drop the problems get worse and worse.”

Massimo Meregalli - Team Director:

“We finished this three day test with some good improvements and were able to make the bike better every day. At the end Valentino was able to make the fastest lap of the day. Jorge continued to have some difficulties, especially because of his riding style. It looks like the new tire doesn't work very well on our bike, especially at this track. Here at Sepang the problem was increased because of the lack of grip on the tarmac and also the high temperatures. We made some improvements but we are not satisfied 100% and we have to improve over race distance. We look forward to the Phillip Island test now to see what Bridgestone has prepared to solve the issues we had last year and then we are ready for Qatar.”

Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager:

“It’s been a difficult test and really we are not very happy with the result. For the last day Jorge has found some confidence back in the bike. Of course it’s not how we want it but at least he could do a decent long run and be quite consistent. It was very hot today and we got a lot of new information with the new tires. We are very curious to see how we get on in two days in Phillip Island.”

TEST TIMES:

1.    Valentino Rossi (ITA)    Yamaha Factory Racing    1'59.999

2.    Dani Pedrosa (SPA)    Repsol Honda Team    1'59.999

3.    Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)    Ducati Team    2'00.067

** 4.    Aleix Espargaro (SPA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2'00.101**

5.    Stefan Bradl (GER)    LCR Honda MotoGP    2'00.164

6.    Alvaro Bautista (SPA)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2'00.506

** 7.    Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)    Yamaha Factory Racing    2'00.619**

8.    Cal Crutchlow (GBR)    Ducati Team    2'00.790

** 9.    Bradley Smith (GBR)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    2'00.804**

** 10.    Pol Espargarò (SPA)    Monster Yamaha Tech3    2'01.032**

11.    Andrea Iannone (ITA)    Pramac Racing    2'01.198

12.    Randy De Puniet (FRA)    Team Suzuki MotoGP    2'01.430

13.    Yonny Hernandez (COL)    Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2'01.497

** 14.    Colin Edwards (USA)    NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2'01.748**

15.    Nicky Hayden (USA)    Drive M7 Aspar    2'01.924

16.    Michele Pirro (ITA)    Ducati Test Team    2'02.029

17.    Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)    Drive M7 Aspar    2'02.070

18.    Scott Redding (GBR)    Go&Fun Honda Gresini    2'02.228

19.    Hector Barbera (SPA)    Avintia Racing    2'02.341

** 20.    Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN) Yamaha Factory Test Team 2'03.115**

21.    Mike Di Meglio (FRA)    Avintia Racing    2'03.499

22.    Karel Abraham (CZE)    Cardion AB Motoracing    2'04.304

23.    Nobuatsu Aoki (JPN)    Team Suzuki MotoGP    2'06.482

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Valentino Rossi wheelie.

Valentino Rossi test action shot.

Jorge Lorenzo test action shot.