Rossi & Lorenzo Quicken Pace at Sepang MotoGP Test (Video)
Sepang MotoGP Test, Day 2 Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi Results (Video)
On the second day of 2013 MotoGP preseason testing at Sepang International Circuit, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi retained the same positions as they did in day one – second and fourth, respectively.
Following 45 laps of tweaking the YZR-M1’s chassis and engine specs, Rossi posted a best time of 2:01.038. The Italian, who rejoined Yamaha this season, was 0.489 of second slower than the leader on day two, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa. The nine-time World Champion is proving he can still be quick following two years of negative results with the Ducati Team.
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “The second day of testing in Sepang is finished and the balance of the day is positive for us, especially as we finished some work on the bike.
“We have some different parts for the bike for this season and we continue to work on the setting. The positive is we improved compared to yesterday in terms of time on one lap with the new tire but especially on the rhythm, I was half a second faster than yesterday which is not so bad.
“Fourth position is quite good especially as we are less than half a second behind Pedrosa and Lorenzo the front. Unfortunately it started to rain so we had to stop earlier, because our target this afternoon was to go into 2’00 but we will try again tomorrow.”
As for Rossi’s teammate, two-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard was second quickest, only 0.019 of a second off Pedrosa’s time. The reigning champ completed 43 laps.
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “Today in the morning the conditions were good and I could easily do the lap times from yesterday, I improved by more than half a second.
“Later we tried some little parts we couldn’t try yesterday, but not so much and the bike didn’t improve a lot. In the last hour it started to rain so I decided to exit and ride in the wet. We made more than eight laps in the rain. I think it was important to find the feeling in these conditions and also try the new tire.”
Attached above are video highlights of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo during the second day of preseason MotoGP testing at Sepang in Malaysia.