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A difficult day for the Marlboro Yamaha men

A difficult day for the Marlboro Yamaha men

Marlboro Yamaha Team riders Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa had another torridday at stifling hot Sepang today, Biaggi crashing out and Checa coming hometenth in the penultimate round of the 2001 World Championship. Thedifficult conditions claimed a number of victims, while the race was won byrecently crowned champ Valentino Rossi (Honda).

´It´s been a totally frustrating and disappointing day,´ saidMarlboro Yamaha Team manager Geoff Crust. ´We did a lot of testing herelast winter but that didn´t give us any advantage. Max´s crash was one ofthose racing incidents, but it must´ve been very disappointing for him. Wenever quite got a set-up with Carlos, he had chatter all weekend. Now we´vegot a week to clear our heads before Rio, where our main goal will be tohelp Max keep hold of second place in the World Championship.´


Max Biaggi was battling hard in the leading bunch when he tumbled out onlap four while trying to make a move on 2000 World Champion Kenny Roberts(Suzuki). The Marlboro Yamaha Team man ran up the inside of the American,making contact with the RGV and sending them both to the ground. Never oneto give in easily, Biaggi tried to restart but his YZR had lost ahandlebar. ´I was coming through a little too fast,´ explained Biaggi, who hadqualified third fastest for this race. ´Kenny was going for his line and Iran into him. There´s not much else to say except I´d like to give myapologies to Kenny.´ Neither rider was hurt in the incident and Biaggi will travel toBrazil next week to battle for second overall in this year´s WorldChampionship.


Carlos Checa ended a difficult weekend at Sepang with a dogged tenth-placefinish aboard his Marlboro Yamaha Team YZR500. The Spaniard had struggledto find a set-up throughout the two days of practice, his efforts nothelped by early morning rain on both days, which effectively wiped outFriday´s and Saturday´s morning sessions. Starting from the fourth row,Checa ended the first lap in tenth place, slipped to 12th and spent thelater stages of the race back in tenth. ´I got a good start, that´s all I could do,´ he said. ´The bike waschattering and if it wasn´t chattering it was jumping around. The problemswould start every time I flicked into a turn and laid the bike on its side.We tried everything to try and get around the problem and it´s hard to knowwhat was wrong, perhaps the chatter was something to do with the enginespec we were running, I just don´t know. It´s been a frustrating weekend.´

500cc, 2001

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