The Fiat Yamaha duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have the best chance to keep up with the quick Honda riders this weekend in Qatar, but the two riders walked away from the final testing session with different results.
Spies made the final adjustments to the M1 to get ready for next weekend’s race, while Lorenzo admits that he struggled to find the appropriate setup.
“Today wasn’t the best day for me,” Lorenzo said. “It was not because my riding is bad, I always admit when it is, we struggled with the set up of the bike during the session and unfortunately we didn’t make a step forward. The wind was tough but that was a problem for everyone. We also tried a different swing arm today but it didn’t make an improvement. We will work over the next few days to be ready to improve in the next sessions on Thursday.”
Lorenzo has been consistently in the top 5 throughout the preseason, and his 7th place finish last weekend, more than a second behind Stoner, isn’t much on an indication of where he will end up this weekend.
Spies, on the other hand, was very happy about the work done during the final testing session. Spies managed a third place finish behind Stoner and Pedrosa in Qatar, and is confident about his chances at the first round of the 2011 MotoGP season.
“It’s been a good test, I’m happy with it,” said Spies. “We tried a few different things today and improved the bike some more. We’ve now got a couple of days to look over the data ready for the four day weekend, there will be plenty more riding opportunities before Sunday. I was pretty confident coming here after Sepang, hopefully we can make the bike even better before the race. Last year we saw that the M1 worked well at every track, it’s Yamaha’s strong point and I think it’s the same this year.”
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com