The Yamaha pairing of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies stayed on at the Estoril circuit for the official MotoGP test. The riders evaluated a new swing arm and suspension components, with Lorenzo also testing a new electronic package. Both riders also evaluated Bridgestones new development tyre, with a new tyre design being created for 2012.
After the session, Lorenzo was in good spirits after finishing in 2nd on the timesheet. “I'm very happy with the test we have done today” said Lorenzo, “Before I was not feeling as safe and as comfortable going into corners as I did last year and in 2009. Now we have found something with the chassis set up that works much better so I feel comfortable again. I think we can be faster with the corners now so I am looking forward to going to France to keep fighting for more podiums.”
Spies was happy not to meet the same fate as in the race, and had finished evaluating all new parts by the afternoon session. The Texan finished the session with the 7th fastest time of the day.
“It's been a decent day of testing for us after what happened yesterday.” said Spies.
“We started over today and I've been happy with the sessions. We learned something later on this afternoon which I think is really going to benefit us in Le Mans that we haven't been able to try before now. There was a good lap time improvement today, I did the best I could with what I had so I'm looking forward to Le Mans to start fresh.”