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Yamaha test set for Jerez eventually takes place in Almeria

Yamaha test set for Jerez eventually takes place in Almeria

The various Yamaha teams finally chose Almeria for their testing session this week, after they were prevented from using the Jerez track due to the ongoing building works which are taking place. Jerez will host the first European Grand Prix and as such the authorities wanted work to continue, so the teams had to head east to Almeria, also in Andalusia. Carlos Checa was the only one of the Marlboro Yamaha riders present, with Max Biaggi choosing not to attend in accord with his team managers, taking into account that Almeria doesn´t form part of the MotoGP calendar. It was also the first time that the M1 four-stroke lapped alongside Yamaha´s 500cc two-stroke bikes.

That came about with the Luis D´Antin team´s arrival at the circuit; Alex Criville and Norick Abe returning to the track they began pre-season on just over a week since. In the afternoon, these riders were joined by Gauloises Tech3 line-up of Olivier Jacque and Shinya Nakano, accompanied by the team´s new test rider Sylvain Guintoli. The French team, who are bringing in a specific testing rider for the first time, will work at the Spanish circuit until Friday.

Carlos Checa, who will be the only one of the riders out on the four-stroke, today worked on two differently set-up bikes, and dedicated himself to testing tyres and new engine parts on the Yamaha M1. As for the D´Antin team riders, Abe was testing tyres as well as some improvements made to his chassis and its engine, while Criville began working on a set-up after having completed his initial adaptation at previous test at Almeria and in Valencia.

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