Lorenzo Sees Plenty Of Potential In 2012 Yamaha

Jorge Lorenzo is excited at his prospects for the 2012 season after testing Yamaha's 2012 machine for the second time at Misano on Monday. The World Champion, winner of yesterday's Grand Prix at the Adriático circuit, was encouraged after the first run on the 1000cc bike at Brno and was even happier with the progress made second time around.

“It's been a little bit more difficult here than Brno, which is a very fast track. Misano is a little bit slower so the difference between the 800 and the 1000 is much smaller. It's difficult to understand the riding style you must use straight away. We've made a lot of progress in a couple of hours and the bike has a lot of potential. I'm very excited about the future. We've been working on the electronics to help in the braking area but mainly I've been getting used to the riding style of the bike and also adapting the bike to my riding.”

Ben Spies was able to ride the bike in comfort after struggling with injury at Brno and the American expects the 1000cc bikes to provide a tougher physical challenge than this year's 800s.

“We rode the same bike as we did in Brno but we changed a bunch of things and started working on a lot of electronics. Misano is a much more physical track; it's quite tight so there's a lot of wheelies and rear spinning. It's fun to ride but very physical compared to the 800. I enjoyed it a lot and we went quite fast on it, getting some pretty good lap times. We've got a lot of data now for the engineers to go away and work on the next step for our next test. I think next year is going to be really good and I'm looking forward to racing the thousand!”