Yamaha move closer to Honda at Qatar

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

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Submitted by rgo on Mon, 14/03/2011 - 10:52

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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