Yamaha Making Gains In Malaysia Test

Ben Spies - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com
Ben Spies - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com


Yamaha Factory riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo were satisfied with the progress being made after finishing day two of the Sepang test in second and third respectively. Spies topped the timesheets for much of the day before being usurped by Casey Stoner but remained happy with his day's work.

“We got going pretty well in the morning, then even when the track started to slow down the pace was still really good. We started to mess with the balance of the bike a little today and played with the electronics to find a good foundation with the bike. At Valencia we compared some stuff and got in the right direction. Now we're here and taking the next step, trying some things to see how it affects the set up. There's definitely some room for improvement and some areas we're not struggling with at all.”

Teammate Lorenzo was the fastest man on track yesterday and trailed Stoner by less than two tenths on Tuesday. The Spaniard admitted he didn't feel as fresh in the sweltering heat but nevertheless was pleased with the performance of the new YZR-M1.

“Today I was much more tired than yesterday so it was tough to finish with a good pace but we managed it. We didn't find any big improvements but some small details. Tomorrow we hope to make one big step. We improved our lap times a lot in the morning but in the afternoon when it was even hotter we managed to go faster which is very positive.”