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Lorenzo, Rossi ride 2014 Yamaha prototype
17 September 2013
Following Sunday's victory in the San Marino MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Valentino Rossi were back at Misano for a day of official testing.
After a damp start, the pair put in an exhausting 67 (Lorenzo) and 75 (Rossi) laps, while evaluating an engine spec for the 2014 YZR-M1 along with a number of setting options on the 2013 machine and new Bridgestone tyres.
“The main goal we had marked for today was to test the 2014 prototype engine and seek all the information that the Japanese needed without any problem and we focused also on some settings already thinking about the next race at Motorland, including a larger brake disc,” explained team director Massimo Meregalli.
Both Yamaha riders led the timesheets during the afternoon, with Lorenzo losing out on the top spot by just 0.238s to Honda title rival Marc Marquez in the final minutes. Lorenzo's best lap time of 1m 33.502s was 0.4s under Marquez's new race lap record.
“Happily we got a great sunny session,” said Lorenzo. “The weather was perfect to test and we were able to make many laps to check our latest issues on the bike. We were pretty focused on the settings thinking about the next race at Motorland in a couple of weeks and we found some good feelings.
“We also tested a new spec engine for 2014 that worked really well and we are quite happy with the result. Furthermore there were some new pieces for 2013 but small details to improve our performance. Nevertheless the most important issue was to work on the next GP in Aragon, another good challenge for us, especially because in the last years we've struggled a bit.”
Rossi - fourth in Sunday's race - finished the test in third place, with a best lap time just 0.138s slower than Lorenzo. Rossi's best time of 1m 33.660s, set on his final lap, was 0.412s under his best lap in the race.
“It was important to make a day of testing at Misano like this, because we had much we needed to try,” said Rossi. “I used the race bike and a bike where there was also something new for next year. At the end it has been a good test. It was important because we found some improvements in some points of view, small details but a good way to continue.
“We made a lot of comparisons between the two but at the end more or less the performance is very similar. Now a few days of rest and then we will be ready for Aragon!”
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