Bad weather at Aragon means lost time for Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Yamaha
Lorenzo, who did not ride in the wet on Tuesday at Valencia, then suffered a fall when he ventured out in the wet after lunch at Aragon.
Yamaha explained that ‘as a result of car testing yesterday there was an excess of rubber on parts of the track, causing [Lorenzo] to lose grip and have a low-side crash on turn 16. Lorenzo was uninjured in the crash.’
For comparison, the WSBK Aragon race lap record is a 1m 58.251s, with the official best lap a 1m 56.552s.
“For sure these last two days we’ve been unlucky with the weather and couldn’t practice for many laps,” said Lorenzo.
“It was important to get practice here because we have things to try for the chassis and engine for the new season so we can give as much information as possible to the engineers so they can keep working over the winter in Japan.
“Now we will have to wait until the next opportunity.”
Seven time MotoGP champion Rossi rode for 28 wet laps during his M1 return at Valencia on Tuesday, and managed only a brief dry run before the rain on Wednesday.
Rossi and Yamaha are unable to speak publically about their new partnership until the Italian’s Ducati contract ends on December 31st.
Yamaha team director Massimo Meregalli summed up the testing as follows:
“Unfortunately in these two days we haven’t been able to test the majority of things we needed to. We don’t want to dwell on it and most importantly both riders feel confident in the base set up of the bike.
“We will now have to wait until Sepang to continue. The critical testing is for the engine development so our test rider will continue with that in Japan.”