Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Riders Rossi & Lorenzo in Top-5 of First Testing Day at Sepang

Sepang MotoGP Test (1) - Day 1

Sepang Signals Start of 2014 MotoGP Season

Sepang (Malaysia), 4th February 2014 

After a long winter wait the Yamaha Factory Racing riders were finally back on track today for the first official ride of the 2014 season at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia.

The first day of the three-day IRTA test gave riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi a chance to blow off the cobwebs and stretch their muscles on a bike again as they worked through a number of test items for the 2014 YZR-M1.

Rossi, the first Factory rider to venture out on track, was also the first to find a quicker pace on his M1, slotting quickly into the top three and leading briefly before the lunch break. As the afternoon session continued the Italian was joined by his teammate Lorenzo who moved up into second, just 0.3 off front man Marc Marquez. A flurry of fast laps towards the end of the session re-shuffled the pack a little, Rossi ending the day in second, 0.518 from the top and Lorenzo in fourth, 0.796 seconds from first.

The Yamaha Factory riders were enjoying their 2014 bikes in full livery, featuring recently announced sponsors Eurasian Bank, Fiat Professional and SuisseGas.

The bikes also had a special sticker stating ‘Yamaha Lends a Hand to Yolanda Victims’ to promote Yamaha’s campaign to support victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

The day’s testing was followed by a special press conference hosted by Yamaha Motor, introducing Yamaha’s Global 2014 Racing Program. The event was also attended by Takaaki Kimura, Senior Managing Executive Officer and Representative Director of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Valentino Rossi 2nd / 2'00.804 / 61 laps

“I’m happy about the first day, it's a good start. I feel good and I’m in a good shape. I’m happy because we’ve been very fast and always stayed in the top three positions. We worked a lot on the bike and on the new stuff to try and improve my problems. We already found something. I’m happy because I feel good with the bike and was able to go into the 2’00 minute mark, that was my target. It's a positive day.”

Jorge Lorenzo4th / 2'01.082 / 47 laps

“As always it’s difficult to come back again in a good shape after the Winter, some months without training changes you a lot so the first day is always tough! The bike has changed quite a bit compared to last year. The new regulation of 20 litres fuel allowance makes us change quite a lot of electronics so the bike is not working exactly how I would like. I know we will find a solution in the next two days.”

Massimo Meregalli  Team Director

“It has been a good first day, we were able to complete the schedule. We are for sure looking for some adjustments but we were able to get a lot of information and good results. We will study the data now and tomorrow we will proceed with our test schedule.”

Wilco Zeelenberg  Team Manager

“The first day is done, we tried many things, some positive and some things also to solve. For sure it’s important to start the first day without crashing so we are happy that Jorge got back into his rhythm. Tomorrow we have to solve some problems as it’s not completely where we want to be. This is of course testing and we are going in the right direction.”

Test Times
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team2'00.286
2.46Valentino Rossi (ITA)Yamaha Factory Racing2'00.804
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team2'00.906
4.99Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Yamaha Factory Racing2'01.082
5.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda Gresini2'01.240
6.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGP2'01.320
7.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing2'01.419
8.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing2'01.538
9.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech32'01.634
10.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech32'01.876
11.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing2'02.483
12.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team2'02.497
13.Michele Pirro (ITA)Ducati Test Team2'02.552
14.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team2'02.860
15.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing2'02.891
16.Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN)Yamaha Factory Test Team2'03.126
17.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar2'03.319
18.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar2'03.328
19.Randy De Puniet (FRA)Suzuki Test Team2'03.893
20.Kosuke Akiyoshi (JPN)HRC Test Team2'04.267
21.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini2'04.431
22.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing2'04.922
23.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport2'05.070
24.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing2'05.825
25.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport2'05.889
26.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing2'06.755
Full standingsResults  

Technical Informations
LocationSepang, Malaysia
Length (m)5548
Width (m)25
Turns righ10
Turns left5
Pole positionleft

Record Lap
Time 2'01.415
Best Lap
Time 2'00.011
2013 Results
1st D.Pedrosa (Honda): 40'45"191
2ndM.Marquez (Honda): +2.757
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +6.669

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