Yamaha duo express further tyre concerns
27 February 2014 – Factory Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo remain unhappy with Bridgestone's 2014 tyres.
Both riders have struggled to adapt to the new rubber at this week's Sepang gathering, with Rossi ending the second day more than half a second adrift of pace-setter Dani Pedrosa in fourth position, and Lorenzo ninth.
Speaking about the situation on Friday, Rossi explained: "The main issue for this test is to try and improve our M1 with the new 2014 tyre. We tried some things but at the end of the day we are not very happy.
"I am fourth, the lap time is quite good but we are half a second behind the other guys. We are suffering with this tyre; our bike becomes difficult to manage. Tomorrow we will try again but we have not so many options.
"Every track has a different story but we are quite worried as it looks like we are in trouble with this tyre. We hope that in other tracks we will have less problems but here, especially compared to the first test, it is more difficult."
Lorenzo, who initially refused to speak to the media after his second day in action, added: "Today I am very disappointed, especially in the tyre behaviour. I still don't have the confidence to ride as I want to.
"Friday is another day. We will work hard and hopefully by the end of the day we will have solutions."