Fiat Yamaha complete important day of testing in Brno
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi today completed a one-day test at Brno, alongside the rest of the MotoGP grid, to set themselves up for the final eight races of the season. The test was cut short when it began to rain
in the mid afternoon but not before both Fiat Yamaha men had the chance to do some important work on their M1s.
Lorenzo picked up from where he left off yesterday, the race winner once again topping the time sheets nearly half a second ahead of Casey Stoner. The championship leader tried a new engine upgrade and a new suspension setting for his M1 and also completed some laps on Yamaha's 2011 prototype YZR-M1.
After struggling in yesterday's race Rossi and his crew were keen to understand what had happened so they worked closely on their setting to do just that today, with the Italian completing more laps than nearly anyone else. Rossi also had the chance to try the new 2010 engine upgrade and finished the day fourth fastest.
The team now has a weekend off before flying to Indianapolis next week for the next round of the MotoGP World Championship.
Jorge Lorenzo - Position: 1st Time: 1'56.269 Laps: 44
"This was an important and interesting test for us, both for the rest of the season and looking towards next year. We had a lot to do but unfortunately the rain forced us to stop early. As well as the 'new' prototype machine for next year we also tried an engine upgrade and a new Ohlins suspension, but it's too early to know if they will be better for our M1, which is already very competitive. We got quite a lot of information though so hopefully it will help the engineers to improve things even more."
Valentino Rossi - Position: 4th Time: 1'57.129 Laps: 50
"I'm happier today because we worked hard to understand what happened during yesterday's race and at the end we have a clearer picture. We worked a lot on the setting and we found out some things, which we hope will be useful over the rest of the season and help us to have some more good races. I tried a new engine for the 2010 bike and it's not so different but there are some small things about it which I think can help; I hope we can use it soon."