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Garry McCoy speaks from the first test of the year at Sepang

Garry McCoy speaks from the first test of the year at Sepang

Garry McCoy speaks from the first test of the year at Sepang

I had a few dramas on the first day, because someone had stolen my boots and my gloves. I had to borrow a set from Alex Hofmann, which are a size under mine, and by lunch time, I had sore toes. Luckily enough, another box with Alpinestars gear arrived in the afternoon, and my worries were over. As far as the bike goes, we started off with the settings from our last test, and the problem that we had back then in December occurred again. On the exit of the turns, it seemed to be hard to get on the gas, there was a lot of pumping on the rear end, and if you got on the gas real hard anyway, the bike would buck like a wild horse and wasn´t very comfortable to ride at all.

We started to fix the problem in the afternoon, and on the second day I got more of a feeling for the bike. Having less rear shock pumping gave me additional confidence and allowed me to go a little bit harder, which is why I improved my lap time by almost one second. We also used a new chassis with an adjustable pivot point for the first time. I´d requested this chassis back in December after doing a few laps on Akira Yanagawa´s bike, which had a different swing arm pivot and seemed to suit my riding style very much. We first wanted to confirm that the new chassis did similar lap times and that it actually felt the same, so we started off the way we left off with the older chassis instead of going straight to a different pivot position. When we later on wanted to go through the first changes on the pivot point, it started to rain. It´s unfortunate that the weather put us out, but I´m looking forward to see what more we can achieve!

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MotoGP, 2002

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