Yamaha Duo Comfortable With Opening Day At Aragon

Yamaha riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo were both in confident mood with their performance in the wet after finishing first and third on Friday at Aragon. Spies edged out Dani Pedrosa to top the timesheets and after a season dogged by misfortune, the American is desperate for a trouble-free Saturday as he chased pole position.

“It was a good wet session so we’re happy with it, the bike feels good and we’re quick. We got a good setting with the bike sorted and we got some new information with the electronics so we’ll see what happens tomorrow with the weather. As long as everything keeps going smoothly then that’s all we need!”

Lorenzo trailed the top two by half a second this afternoon but stressed that he was running at a “comfortable pace” and has no doubts he could’ve gone quicker if he needed to.

“In the morning we could have practiced but we preferred to stay in the box and save the engine life a little. This afternoon with full wet conditions we could go out and see what the feeling is with the bike in the rain in case we have a wet race on Sunday. The track is very slippery, we did a lot of laps trying to find the pace but we didn’t try to do one hot lap. Ben and Dani were very fast but the important thing is we made a good comfortable pace.”

Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg was also content with Lorenzo’s performance and thinks his consistency bodes well in the event of a wet race.

“It was a very wet second practice! The pace was good and third position is very acceptable. We are looking for things to improve for the next wet session but we were one of the fastest guys out there and we were consistent so we’re pleased with the result.”