Yamaha Factory Racing endured another day to forget in Spain as their attempts to test the 2013 YZR-M1 were foiled again. Having left Valencia in pursuit of better conditions, Yamaha moved over to Motorland Aragon only to find more rain there while the MotoGP teams who’d stayed at Valencia enjoyed a dry afternoon at least.
Lorenzo only completed nine laps, with a crash among them, before calling it a day and must now wait until February before testing the bike again.
“For sure these last two days we’ve been unlucky with the weather and couldn’t practice for many laps. It was important to get practice here because we have things to try for the chassis and engine for the new season so we can give as much information as possible to the engineers so they can keep working over the winter in Japan. Now we will have to wait until the next opportunity.”
Teammate Valentino Rossi didn’t go out at all in the wet conditions but Team Director Massimo Meregalli feels the week wasn’t a totally wasted exercise.
“Unfortunately in these two days we haven’t been able to test the majority of things we needed to. We don’t want to dwell on it and most importantly both riders feel confident in the base set up of the bike. We will now have to wait until Sepang to continue. The critical testing is for the engine development so our test rider will continue with that in Japan.”