2011 Yamaha MotoGP
Following positive results at Misano MotoGP Sunday, which included Jorge Lorenzo’s third win in the 2011 Championship and a sixth place for the American Ben Spies, both Yamaha Factory Racing pilots remained at the San Marino track for some testing.
Lorenzo and Spies were on the 1000cc Yamaha prototypes, testing for 2012 when teams can use 1000cc MotoGP machines. And they were quick, Jorge especially; the Spaniard was only two-tenths off the record lap he set this past weekend.
The 2012 1000cc YZR-M1s were the same bikes Lorenzo and Spies tested at Brno in August, but were updated with set up and electronics for the more technical Misano circuit.
Following the Yamaha MotoGP 1000 test, both Lorenzo and Spies were excited about the results and next year’s Championship.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing 1000cc M1 MotoGP) says: “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 (Yamaha Factory Racing 1000cc M1 MotoGP) says: “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!”
MotoGP 1000cc Yamaha Test Times:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA): 1:33.7 (60 laps)
2. Ben Spies (USA): 1:34.3 (74 laps)
Misano Record Lap
J. Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2011, 1’33.906
Misano Best Lap
C. Stoner (Ducati) 2008, 1’33.378