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Marlboro Yamaha finish testing in Mugello

Marlboro Yamaha finish testing in Mugello

Marlboro Yamaha finish testing in Mugello

The Marlboro Yamaha factory team today ended tests at the Italian Mugello circuit, despite both Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa having been scheduled to put in four days' work. The decision was taken however that the two riders should end the session early, since they had tested everything they had planned to.

The last day of tests stood out for the crash of Roman racer Biaggi, who didn't suffer serious injury, but who was transferred to a local medical centre. This was for precautionary reasons, and to check that the strike to the head he took in the fall did not have any negative side-effects. Both Biaggi as well as Checa made good use of the new chassis Yamaha had put at their disposition.

Max Biaggi was satisfied with the work the team had done, and commented after his check-up, 'On the whole the tests went okay, the new frame is definitely better, it makes the bike more rideable. I hope that the frame, plus the engine improvements we're now working on, will make the bike even better. It was a shame I crashed - I ran off the track at turn one and couldn't keep the bike upright in the gravel.'

Carlos Checa was also happy with the progress made over the three days in the Tuscan countryside. 'We've made a big step here, though we can still improve,' said the Spaniard. 'The work we've done with the new frame will probably be more useful to us than all our previous pre-season testing. It fixes the problems I'd been having in the corners; now I can get on the gas earlier and control the bike better. I feel a lot more comfortable, and my goal is always to feel comfortable on a bike, so I can ride as I like to ride'

At next weekend's IRTA test at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona, both riders will be present alongside all the other MotoGP teams, and will continue work on finding the best set-up for their new M1 machine.

Best Lap times

Carlos Checa 1m 52.1s (130 laps in total)
Max Biaggi 1m 52.2s (127 laps in total)

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