Ben Spies was reasonably satisfied with the performance of the Yamaha YZR-M1 on Monday after going second fastest in the post-race Catalunya test. The American tested an updated engine, completing 45 laps with it, and was cautiously optimistic about its potential.
“We worked on some interesting things yesterday and got going pretty well. The main focus was on distance with the bike. We got a decent pace going, especially with lots of laps on the tyres. I was happy with what we tested so now we go to Aragon and try to keep going forward. We tried a different engine spec and played around with the electronics. The engine spec was a little improvement but you know riders, we always want at least 10km faster on the straights!”
Teammate Jorge Lorenzo, fresh from winning the Grand Prix 24 hours earlier, completed 51 laps with the quickest of them good enough for eighth place. The championship leader wasn't quite as impressed as Spies by the new engine and is hoping to get a better understanding at Aragon later this week.
“We tried a new engine spec yesterday that in theory is more powerful. Until now we didn't find any big improvement, some little advantages and some little disadvantages. In Aragon we will try some modifications to the electronics to see if we can gain something.”