News 7 Jun 2011

Yamaha celebrating dual MotoGP podium with Lorenzo and Spies in Spain

Lorenzo took second in front of his team mate Spies in Spain.

Lorenzo took second in front of his team mate Spies in Spain.

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies made it a double celebration for Yamaha in Spain, taking second and third on the podium for the Grand Prix of Catalunya.

Current World Champion Lorenzo grabbed the hole-shot off the line and team mate Spies shut the door neatly on Ducati Marlboro’s Valentino Rossi to take third as they dropped into the first corner.

The end of lap one saw Casey Stoner take the lead at the end of the straight, Lorenzo tucking in behind him and holding until the line for his fourth podium of the season.

Spies delivered the same consistent race pace in evidence from the beginning of the weekend, securing third position from the first corner to the chequered flag.

The Texan built a lead of around a second from Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso for the duration of the race to claim his first podium for the Factory Yamaha Team.

“This weekend started well from Friday and everyday was better. To get both riders on the podium is a great success for the team. We were not so far from the leaders having worked hard and improved the bike a lot,” commented Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director Massimo Meregalli.

“We are optimistic thinking about the Silverstone race as that was also a good race last year for Yamaha.”

The Grand Prix of Britain will take place his weekend at Silverstone on June 12.