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Checa, Criville and Abe conclude Almeria testing session

Checa, Criville and Abe conclude Almeria testing session

Spanish riders Carlos Checa and Alex Criville along with Japan’s Norick Abe today completed the final day of their test at the Almeria circuit in southern Spain. It was the D´Antin Team´s second visit to the track, while Checa rode for the first time and without his team colleague Max Biaggi, who decided to stay at home. This session was the first time the Yamaha M1 four-stroke has been out on track at the same time as the 500cc two-stroke.

Checa ended the tests satisfied with the work he had carried out on his new 990cc machine, ´I will be leaving Almeria satisfied, because we have taken advantage of the good weather and ever since beginning yesterday, I haven´t stopped improving my times. It has been a case of testing things over and over simply because we are in the evolution phase of this bike. We have got together a good deal of important information which we can use to better the bike even further. The circuit isn´t big, but it is definitely excited and varied.´

Alex Criville was also pleased with the results after his second visit to Almeria, where he had the chance to get a basic set-up for the Yamaha YZR500 he will ride this year. ´I´m happy now that I can see my progress. We´ve tried a lot of things out, but for me the most important thing is to be at the first race of the season knowing everything about the bike, to know what I can get out of it. Both Norick and I are doing lots of quick laps and this helps to build up your confidence with the bike.´

Criville´s teammate Norick Abe focused his work on getting accustomed the brand new 2002 YZR500 with which he will compete in the MotoGP World Championship. ´I am very happy because the Yamaha 2002 makes things very easy for me.´

The next test date scheduled for those teams finishing in Almeria today will be the IRTA tests at Valencia between February 15 and 17. The Yamaha Gauloises Tech3 team, who are also in Spain, will be staying on an extra day with their three riders, Oliver Jacque, Shinya Nakano and Sylvain Guintoli.

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500cc, 2001

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