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Lorenzo leads day one of Valencia test

World champion Jorge Lorenzo leads day one of Valencia MotoGP test.
New world champion Jorge Lorenzo stamped his authority on the first day of post-season MotoGP testing, taking the new #1 plate on his factory Yamaha to the top of the timesheets by 0.763sec at Valencia on Tuesday.

Rain in the morning saw the day's session delayed until the track had dried with all riders waiting until the afternoon before venturing out onto the circuit.

Once out on track, Lorenzo continued the form that took him to victory in Sunday's season finale, taking just five warm up laps to go straight to the top of the timesheets where he remained unbeaten for the entire session.

The Mallorcan split his riding time between the 2011 prototype M1 and an updated version of his 2010 machine.

"Today we tried the new chassis on the 2011 M1 which felt good, although it is still to early to say too much about it," said Lorenzo.

"We also tried the new Ohlins suspension which felt better to me on the track. The new engine seems to have less wheelie but we will see more tomorrow in the next session."

"2011 has started I would say!" added team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. "We finished the session on top so I think everything went quite well. Our lap times were good and we improved on our qualification time from Sunday's race. We managed to test everything we wanted to today so tomorrow we will continue with more and see how far Jorge can go."

New Honda rider Casey Stoner got closest to Lorenzo on Tuesday, while new team-mate Ben Spies - taking Valentino Rossi's place - was third fastest out of the 17 riders.

Rossi was tenth on his Ducati debut.

Although still riding with Fiat livery, Yamaha is presently without a title sponsor for next season.



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proud spaniard - Unregistered

November 09, 2010 7:10 PM

@nobodyhearsuscream: the one in the picture isn't painted because it's a different model of fairing. It was the same when they tried the 2011 bike in the summer tests. Furthermore, the sponsorship contracts are valid until the end of december, so don't expect changes before 2011. The Yamaha Team haven't confirmed yet what the main sponsor is going to be, but they did say they were negotiating three different options, one of them would probably be Petronas. Spanish telecom Movistar was said to be interested in summer, but not much's been heard since. I doubt that the World Champion, with all the potential he's showed all year, being the media darling he is, will have much trouble finding sponsors. Especially after these tests prove that Yamaha is still number one without Rossi, and that Lorenzo can take care of developing the bike. The bike he and Spies are riding is already a result of their imput in the summer tests, and judging on their performance today, I think they'll be allright.



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