YAMAHA Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies rode the 2012 1000cc YZR-M1 for the second time at the Misano circuit in San Marino yesterday.
The bikes tested were the same as first used in Brno in August, with minor changes to set up and electronics for the tighter, twistier Misano circuit. Lorenzo's best time was a 1m33.7 and Spies' best time was a 1m34.3. Lorenzo is the current Misano lap-record holder, setting the circuit's fastest lap of 1'33.906 during last weekend's race.
Lorenzo said: “It’s been a little bit more difficult here than Brno, which is a very fast track. Misano is a little bit slower so the difference between the 800 and the 1000 is much smaller. It’s difficult to understand the riding style you must use straight away. We’ve made a lot of progress in a couple of hours and the bike has a lot of potential. I’m very excited about the future. We’ve been working on the electronics to help in the braking area but mainly I’ve been getting used to the riding style of the bike and also adapting the bike to my riding.”
Spies, who also rode the 1000cc bike said: “We rode the same bike as we did in Brno but we changed a bunch of things and started working on a lot of electronics. Misano is a much more physical track; it’s quite tight so there’s a lot of wheelies and rear spinning. It’s fun to ride but very physical compared to the 800. I enjoyed it a lot and we went quite fast on it, getting some pretty good lap times. We’ve got a lot of data now for the engineers to go away and work on the next step for our next test. I think next year is going to be really good and I’m looking forward to racing the thousand!”
Cal Crutchlow didn;t get to test the 1000cc bike and commented on his Twitter page: '@lorenzo99 is testing 1000 2012 bike here in Misano today! It's now nearly 5pm & still going round. That's why he won by 8 secs yesterday…'