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Poor conditions at Phillip Island for Day Two of Suzuki tests

Poor conditions at Phillip Island for Day Two of Suzuki tests

Poor conditions at Phillip Island for Day Two of Suzuki tests

Weather conditions affected the second day of three at Suzuki tests in Phillip Island, Australia. Whereas the Telefonica Movistar Team yesterday had an ideal climate to work in, today strong winds meant that the team were unable to complete a full day's work. The trio of official riders, Roberts and Gibernau, alongside tester Kagayama, are still in learning mode with their XREO prototype machines, and these conditions are not what Team Manager Garry Taylor wanted.

'Everything's still in a state of fluctuation here as we continue to develop the new bike,' said Taylor. 'Yesterday the only problems we had were with seabirds around the track, but today the winds have blown them away, and that has become more of a problem.'

Even from the other side of the world Taylor had caught up with events back in Europe, and the news that the two-stroke Yamaha had outshone the four-strokes in IRTA tests in Valencia. 'It's all very interesting, and just goes to show that a very well-tuned two-stroke bike can still be a challenge. Our bikes are still very new, that must be stressed, but we will keep working to bring them up to the top level.'

Suzuki tests at the Phillip Island circuit will conclude tomorrow.

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