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Lorenzo rounds off Malaysia test with promising final day in Sepang Nov. 19, 2007

Future Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo rounded off his second test with the factory with more steady improvement in Malaysia today(17th of November), bettering his lap time from yesterday by almost a second. After intermittent rain for the last two days, the MotoGP teams were rewarded with a completely dry day today and Lorenzo made the most of the time available, completing 83 laps of the 5,548m circuit.

Lorenzo痴 best time of 2・2.643, which put him seventh, was set on qualifying tyres near the end of the day. However he set his fastest lap on race tyres in the early afternoon, his time of 2.03.044 showing his improvement over the course of the test. The quickest lap of the day was set by Nicky Hayden, also on qualifying tyres, in a time of 2.00.592

The Fiat Yamaha Team will now pack up and return to Europe for a week痴 rest before the final test of the year at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain on 27th, 28th and 29th November.

Jorge Lorenzo - 7th, 2・2.643, 83 Laps
徹verall I知 happy with these three days of testing. It痴 been hard work but I have improved each day and especially today, when I have gone nearly one second faster with race tyres than I was yesterday. I致e been concentrating on changing my riding style; braking later and accelerating sooner and we can see from the data that I have improved quite a lot, although we still have more to do. I am okay on the longer, faster corners but on the slower ones I have more problems. We haven稚 done so much work on the tyres, just trying one different tyre, the same as we tried in Valencia, and with this tyre we improved half a second. I didn稚 ride the new bike today but it was good to get the chance to try it briefly yesterday. We won稚 start working on it properly until January; for now the important thing is for me to learn as much as possible about riding a MotoGP bike. I致e had fun these three days and I知 quite happy with my progress, and now we will look forward to Jerez.・br>
Daniele Romagnoli - Team Manager
典he main use of this test has been to collect information regarding the needs of Jorge as we try to make him as comfortable as possible on our bike. We have tried to move his position on the bike slightly further back and we have made some changes here, but we are now waiting for some new parts for the future which we think will improve his position further. Overall we致e improved his braking points and his feeling going into the corners; this is an ongoing process and we will continue to work on it over the next tests. Thanks to Jorge and to the team for their hard work and for so many laps; everything we致e done here will help us for the future.・br>
Masahiko Nakajima - Fiat Yamaha Team Director
典oday we致e had a good test and we were helped by the weather being sunny all day. Jorge managed many laps and we got through a lot of work. We致e found a good direction now with regards to his chassis set-up and this is very encouraging news for us. Jorge, his crew and all the Yamaha engineers are all working together and sharing in his development and learning process, and we are very clear now what we have to do in preparation for the next test in Jerez. We致e learnt a lot here and it痴 been a very useful test for us.・/p>

Unofficial Lap Times:

Pos. Rider Machine Time
1 Nicky Hayden Honda 2'00.592
2 Colin Edwards Yamaha 2'01.811
3 John Hopkins Kawasaki 2'02.047
4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda 2'02.128
5 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 2'02.447
6 Loris Capirossi Suzuki 2'02.587
7 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'02.643
8 Anthony West Kawasaki 2'02.659
9 Randy de Puniet Honda 2'02.700
10 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2'03.269
11 James Toseland Yamaha 2'03.550
12 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2'05.755
13 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2'05.879

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