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Next stop Mugello for the Marlboro Yamaha pre-season testing roadshow

Next stop Mugello for the Marlboro Yamaha pre-season testing roadshow

Next stop Mugello for the Marlboro Yamaha pre-season testing roadshow

Marlboro Yamaha team riders, Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa, will, from Thursday, start testing at the Mugello circuit in Italy, where they will once again look for solutions to the chassis problems that have dogged them during the first IRTA test sessions of the season in Valencia and Estoril. At both the circuits on the Iberian peninsular, the new Yamaha M1 4-stroke prototype has failed to perform to the expectations of the riders.

Team Director, Davide Brivio, acknowledges the difficulties the team has been experiencing, and puts it down to the usual work that must be carried out in pre-season. 'At Valencia and here in Estoril we focused on improving the M1's turning ability and we acquired a lot of useful data. We have new chassis parts on the way to improve turning and increase the range of set-up adjustments. Some of these were ordered after our tests in December last year, but some others are a direct result of the feedback from last week's Valencia test. We are aware that we have a lot of hard work still to do to make the M1 fully ready for the first race in Suzuka in April.'

The problems encountered in Valencia and Estoril mean that the tests in Mugello have taken on added importance. It's for this reason that they have been extended from three to four days, 'The M1 is a brand new bike and Max and Carlos only had two full tests on the 2002 spec bike before Christmas. It is still early days and it's only to be expected that the bike will perform better at some tracks than others. Yamaha's engineers have been working hard and we've reorganised our team's test schedule to add an extra day to our Mugello test session in early March.'

Brivio is confident that the team and factory will quickly overcome the bike's initial problems, but is sympathetic to the early dissatisfacion of Biaggi and Checa . 'Max and Carlos are both very competitive riders and we understand that it is frustrating for them not to be going faster at this stage. But we are confident that we can provide them with what they are looking for and everybody is pushing very hard to prepare the best possible package for the start of the 2002 season.'

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500cc, 2001

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