Ducati & Yamaha: different objectives
Ducati and Yamaha seem like two very different bikes, with the M1 being more docile and smooth, while the Desmosedici is more rough and raw. In the hands of Jorge Lorenzo, the Japanese machine looks like a fine tipped brush capable of painting the perfect lines, while the Italian bike sometimes makes Rossi look like he is riding a wild stallion. But this has been no excellent adventure for Vale and Nicky, as the American explained to reporters: "We have been struggling on corner exit since the first test, although the front end is giving us more feedback than before - Hayden explained - The engine gives us good top speed, but we need a softer power delivery. Right now we are cutting too much power with the electronics, and you can't solve every issue with algorithms alone."
Strangely enough, the M1 faced a similar issue during its first test at Brno. "The first thing I noticed was the enormous torque, which made it easier to open the throttle sooner, in mid corner - Lorenzo revealed - But then the problems came under acceleration. With some changes to the electronics, we made it a lot more stable."
Taking things a little less seriously was Tech3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow: "It’s nice to come to Jerez being fourth in the world championship and come to the press conference. Last year I had to pay to get in. If we can do a good job this weekend then I’m happy with that, last year wasn’t too good because I crashed and finished eighth, it was eventful."
Getting back to Lorenzo, although he is happy with the M1, he knows there is still work to be done. "We are certainly closer to Honda compared to last year, but it's difficult to say how much - the Spaniard added - In 3 or 4 more races we should have a better idea of the level. Things can change very quickly in MotoGP." But at least Jorge is off to a good start, and racing at a track he likes: "It’s always good to start like that, but the championship is very long and we have a lot of races to come this year. I won two times here in 250 and twice also in MotoGP, and also my second podium came here in MotoGP in 2008, so we can say that Jerez is one of my favorite tracks, and one of the tracks which is quite adapted to my riding style."