Lorenzo Rides New M1

Cycle News Staff | August 27, 2012

Most of the MotoGP men stayed at the Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic today for a post-Czech GP test at the racetrack. The one with the most to test was Yamaha’s World Championship points leader Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard getting his first shakedown of the 2012 YZR-M1.

Lorenzo also spent time on the 2012 model in hopes of finding a suspension improvement that would help with the problems he’s having under braking.

“We tried the 2013 bike today; for the moment it’s a prototype so not the final one,” Lorenzo said in a team release. “The engineers will now take the data away to prepare for our next test. We also worked on braking which was where I struggled with Dani [Pedrosa] during yesterday’s race. We found something a bit better which should help us gain some tenths of a second.”

Lorenzo ended up third fastest with his 1:56.699 set on the 46th of his 54 laps. Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, the Brit having earned his first MotoGP podium the day before, led the test with his 1:56.461. His teammate Andrea Dovizioso ended up second with Sunday’s winner Dani Pedrosa fourth behind Lorenzo.