Jerez a ‘Special’ Track for Lorenzo

jorge_lorenzo_jerezJorge Lorenzo is ready to race again at Jerez, a track that he says is one of his favorites. Not only is Jerez Lorenzo’s home circuit, but it was also the site of his first win in the 2010 MotoGP season. Lorenzo says that Jerez is a special circuit for him because it is where he first raced in front of an enormous crowd.

“I am ready to come back to Jerez,” Lorenzo said. “This is a great moment to ride for my people and my Fan Club here in Spain. Last year the situation was very similar, and perhaps I got the best victory of my career, closing a big gap in the last few laps.

“We can’t make predictions for Sunday, but my crew and I will work as hard as possible to be in the front. Jerez is a special place for me, maybe the best track in the world. When I was only 15, the day right after my birthday, I raced for the first time in front of 100,000 people here.”

The Jerez track is also special for Ben Spies, but for different reasons entirely. Spies will be looking to score his first MotoGP points at the Spanish track, as he crashed out of contention during last year’s race at Jerez.

“I have unfinished business here at Jerez,” Spies said. “I really enjoyed riding here last year but was disappointed not to be able to take some points. Now, I’m back with a full factory machine. I believe the outcome should be a little different. We have track knowledge from last year so we can focus straight away on getting the 2011 M1 set up and we’ll see what we can do. It’s my team-mate’s home race so I’m expecting a great atmosphere.”

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Spies Satisfied, Lorenzo Frustrated After Final MotoGP Test

ben_spiesThe 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.”

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Yamaha Welcomes Honda Competition for 2011 MotoGP Season

wilco_zeelenbergThe MotoGP Sepang test showed one thing for sure about the 2011 MotoGP season; Honda’s RC212V motorcycles are going to be hard to beat. The Repsol Honda team, consisting of Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, and Andrea Dovizioso, were consistently at the top of the time sheets. But Jorge Lorenzo and the Factory Yamaha team are happy with the competition, saying that it will make them work harder and make less mistakes.

“It’s interesting that I have to say this because we improved the bike quite a lot compared to last year. But obviously, our competitors are very strong,” said Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg.

“The competition being harder is better for us. Last year Jorge won by 138 points, that is too much. 25 points or two races ahead is nice, but with 138 points it makes it easy for somebody make a lot of mistakes. I hope the competition will be very tough this year.”

Lorenzo and his teammate Ben Spies had a solid testing session in Sepang, but they couldn’t match the speed of the RC212Vs. The two Yamaha riders were closest to matching the speed of the Honda bikes, but were still about a second behind.

Still, the Yamaha Factory team was happy about the results.

“Jorge is the most consistent rider out there, and so far things are going well,” Zeelenberg said. “We know Honda’s engine configuration is completely different from ours, and we are not able to match that. But we believe that it’s not always necessary since there are 18 races, and we race on very short tracks.

“We are going the right way but we need to continue working hard.”

You can see a video of Zeelenberg’s interview at MotoGP.com.

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Modesty at the Yamaha Factory Racing Rollout

Yamaha2011RolloutMotoGP-2Yamaha Factory Racing rolled out the racing stable at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Included in the press conference were Lin Jarvis, the new team director Massimo Meregalli, and team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. The riders were also present, Ben Spies with his teammate Jorge Lorenzo who answered question and gave some brief comments.

“We worked really hard last year to earn the seat with the Yamaha Factory team so it’s a great feeling to be here alongside Jorge,” commented Ben Spies. “It’s obviously a special year for Yamaha with the 50th Anniversary of GP racing celebrations so I’m really stoked to be part of it. The bike’s feeling really good, we’ve got a few days more of testing now to really shake it down and fine tune the set up and we’ll be ready to go. I’m loving the corporate blue color scheme; I’m a big fan of the design.”

“I’m very happy to be here again preparing to start another season riding with Yamaha,” said Jorge Lorenzo. “Winning the World Championship last season was an incredible feeling, but now we start again. I have a great crew and with the hard work of the Japanese engineers over the winter I feel confident we can fight for more success this year.”

“I’m proud to be here for the 2011 Yamaha Factory Racing launch and the start of a new era for the team,” said Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing. “This is an important year for us being our 50th anniversary of involvement in Grand Prix racing and we start the season not only with the reigning MotoGP World Champion but also welcoming Ben Spies, last year’s Rookie of the Year to the Factory Team. It’s fitting that we will line up for the start of this special year in our corporate colors.”

Yamaha I say FLEX YOUR MUSCLE, you have the number one rider from last year and have the rookie of the year from last year. Stand up and pound your chest because you are on the top of the dog pile. You need to stand up and left the other teams know that they will looking at the backend of number 1 and 11. Let the other teams know that you are here to be top dog again. You have every right to stand up and talk big, some will say “Speak softly and carry a big stick”, Yamaha SPEAK LOUDLY as you already have the big stick.

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Yamaha Factory Team Unveils 2011 MotoGP Livery in Malaysia

Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo and teammate Ben Spies helped unveil the Yamaha Factory Team’s 2011 MotoGP livery today in Malaysia. The Yamaha team, which is defending it’s third consecutive MotoGP championship, unveiled the 2011 YZR-M1, which was dressed in a Yamaha corporate blue color scheme, and incorporated the iconic Yamaha speed block design.

The Yamaha Factory Team will continue preparations for the 2011 MotoGP season tomorrow at the testing session at the Sepang track.

“I’m very happy to be here again preparing to start another season riding with Yamaha,” said Jorge Lorenzo. “Winning the World Championship last season was an incredible feeling, but now we start again. I have a great crew and with the hard work of the Japanese engineers over the winter I feel confident we can fight for more success this year.”

This is Yamaha’s 50th year of MotoGP racing, and both Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo will work hard to bring Yamaha one more title.

“We worked really hard last year to earn the seat with the Yamaha Factory team so it’s a great feeling to be here alongside Jorge,” said Ben Spies. “It’s obviously a special year for Yamaha with the 50th Anniversary of GP racing celebrations so I’m really stoked to be par t of it. The bike’s feeling really good, we’ve got a few days more of testing now to really shake it down and fine tune the set up and we’ll be ready to go. I’m loving the corporate blue colour scheme, I’m a big fan of the design.”

The Yamaha team will have one more testing session before the start of the 2011 MotoGP season. After Sepang, the Yamaha team will travel to Qatar for one last session before the season starts on March 20th.

“I’m proud to be here for the 2011 Yamaha Factory Racing launch and the start of a new era for the team,” said Lin Jarvis, Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing Srl. “This is an important year for us being our 50th anniversary of involvement in Grand Prix racing and we start the season not only with the reigning MotoGP World Champion but also welcoming Ben Spies, last year’s Rookie of the Year to the Factory Team. It’s fitting that we will line up for the start of this special year in our corporate colors.”

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