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No big gains from new Yamaha engine

“We tried a new engine spec today that in theory is more powerful. Until now we didn't find any big improvement” – Jorge Lorenzo.
Factory Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies struggled to notice an improvement with a new-spec M1 engine, debuted at Monday's Catalunya MotoGP test.

“We tried a new engine spec today that in theory is more powerful. Until now we didn't find any big improvement, some little advantages and some little disadvantages,” said race winner and world championship leader Lorenzo.

“In Aragon we will try some modifications to the electronics to see if we can gain something.”

Team-mate Spies, who fell while battling for the lead of the race, gave a similar verdict although he acknowledged that riders always have high expectations of such developments.

“We tried a different engine spec and played around with the electronics. The engine spec was a little improvement but you know riders, we always want at least 10km faster on the straights!” said the Texan.

Tech 3 Yamaha riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow gave similar feedback regarding the new engine.

Spies set the second fastest lap time at the test, 0.146sec behind Dovizioso.

“We worked on some things and got going pretty well. The main focus was on distance with the bike,” explained Spies. “We got a decent pace going, especially with lots of laps on the tyres. I was happy with what we tested so now we go to Aragon and try to keep going forward.”

Lorenzo was eighth quickest.

The Aragon test takes place on Wednesday.

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Stavros - Unregistered

June 06, 2012 8:07 AM

Lol @ Bender You really are on a bender if you can't see which is the best bike this year. And Yamaha would have win the title by a country mile last year if not for one Casey Stoner, who also managed to win on the old Duc. And how do you know Yamaha have the least powerful engine. Their cross plane R1 in WSBK was reputed to have nearly 250hp! Horsepower isn't he issue with the 1000s anyway, it's tuning it so that you can put it to the ground. Ducati appear to have the most powerful bike this year but it's doing them no good. Wise up dude.

bender - Unregistered

June 06, 2012 1:50 AM

Yamaha have the least powerful engine, they have the additional resistance of an additional counter rotating balancer shaft to contend with. Their electronics team was stolen by honda too. And all this nonsense about yamaha clearly being the best bike, the honda was the best bike by a country mile last year, yamaha seem to have improved this year, but it is to early to say which is best. It makes life much easier to leave your overtaking to the straights, I dont think I have seen a yamaha do that in 10 years (other than in braking) honda do it every race, ducati used to be able to.

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