Yamaha move closer to Honda at Qatar

Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo finish the first day fourth and fifth respectively

Posted: 14 March 2011
by Visordown News

After the first day at Qatar the factory Yamaha pairing of Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo believe that they are closing the gap on Honda's testing dominance.

Despite finishing behind a trio Honda in the timesheets the Yamaha's were overall closer than in the last outings at the Sepang test, where the riders complained about a lack of engine power from the Yamaha M1.

The 2009 World Superbike champion, Ben Spies was the quickest of the Yamaha team at the end of last nights test with a 1:56.563, two tenths off the fastest Honda of Pedrosa. He said: "The bike seems to be closer to the front than Malaysia and I've got pretty good expectations after the first day. The track is a lot more flowing here which suits our bike well; I think this should be a good track for us.

"We made the bike go in a pretty good direction today and hopefully we can get a little bit more out of it. We want to try another tyre tomorrow that we haven't used yet, all in all it's been a good first session."

Jorge Lorenzo followed his new team mate logging the fifth quickest time. The reigning champion joined Spies in acknowledging the closing gap, he said: "It seems we are closer to the Honda guys than in Sepang so I'm happy. We are going to continue and try a few different things tomorrow to try and find some more grip as well.

"We tried a few different things on some corners today to try to make the bike more stable when I open the throttle; in almost all the gears we have done a good job."

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