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Lorenzo pleased with wet 1000cc debut

"In the rain we are also very competitive, because I was the fastest and quite consistent" - Jorge Lorenzo.
Former MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo took another step forward with the new 1000cc factory Yamaha, despite just two hours of dry track time during day two of the second Sepang test.

The Spaniard found a much better throttle connection for his M1 in the dry morning conditions, when he was second to team-mate Ben Spies by just 0.008sec on the Honda-less timesheets.

Lorenzo then joined Spies in making his 1000cc wet weather debut in the afternoon.

“Today as yesterday we lost a lot of hours to the rain, but anyway we could ride for the first time with the 1000 in the rain,” said Lorenzo.

“That was positive. I could feel and see that in the rain we are also very competitive, because I was the fastest and quite consistent, although a lot of riders didn't run in the wet.

“For sure Casey will be fast also, but anyway I feel very strong in the wet and in the dry we improved the throttle connection a lot.

“This improved with the new electronics we tried today. Cornering is much easier now because I have more grip and confidence in the rear tyre. I can slide the rear more and we also have less wheelies. Yesterday the connection was not very constant.”

Looking ahead to the third and final day, Lorenzo revealed that he will have another significant development to evaluate.

“Tomorrow I think we have a new chassis to try,” he said. “We will also try to improve the lap time and do a long run, well a medium run anyway. If the weather is ok.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , Jorge Lorenzo , Sepang

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February 29, 2012 3:24 PM

Not that I neccesarily agree with going the spec-ECU route, but anyone paying attention realises the cost saving would be enormous. Electronics are one of the highest costs in MotoGP right now.

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February 29, 2012 10:03 PM

Standard ECU is not the solution. Fuel restrictions and tyres are the problem. Tyres are designed to last race distance with maximum grip. Fuel restrictions make the programmers write the software (for lack of a better term) so the bike can use maximum fuel over race distance. The only thing the 1000CC limit has done is made the programmers job harder. The only issue with the tyre war was allowing the overnight specials. It gave mich the advantage in Europe and BS the advantage in Japan. Let the tyre companies compete and allow them to bring whatever they want on Thursday for the race, no allocation restrictions. Make the tyres grip more in the early stages and fade off, and bump up the fuel limit. Tyre smoking may not be as prevelant, but it will be there (see last corner WSBK phillip island 2012).

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