Colin Edwards and James Toseland got their first taste of the latest electronic rider aids for their YZR-M1, on their way to sixth and 14th places in Friday's wet/dry free practice session for the German Grand Prix.
The upgraded electronics are designed to help acceleration while exiting corners, and were branded 'like gold dust' by the Texan.
“I tried some new electronics today and they are fantastic,” said Edwards. “It used to be so much effort to manage the bike under acceleration, but now it is incredible. I want to say a massive thanks to Yamaha because what they have put on my bike is like gold dust. It's a lot less effort to control the bike when I'm accelerating and it is giving me some crucial tenths.”
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Toseland was similarly impressed.
“It is a big step. I've got to say a big thanks to Yamaha for helping me out,” said the Englishman. “These bikes have got so much horsepower that with a bit more control under acceleration, it's amazing how much easier it feels. It has really helped me coming out of the corner and I can control the bike much better.”