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Rain continues to dampen Yamaha sprits in Jerez

Rain continues to dampen Yamaha sprits in Jerez

Rain continues to dampen Yamaha sprits in Jerez

The third and final day of factory tests for Yamaha in Jerez was once again washed out by heavy downpours, leaving the riders and their crews to pack up early and look forward to better luck in Valencia this weekend. The Japanese factory had just one day of decent weather in the south of Spain, and today proved to be no different as the heavens opened at 10am and showed no signs of relenting.

Carlos Checa and Alex Barros left the track early in the afternoon and Oliver Jacque soon followed, returning to France for treatment on the hand injury he picked up yesterday. The former 250cc World Champion is unsure whether or not the hand is fractured but he has ruled himself out of the Valencia date. Meanwhile, Marco Melandri stayed on in Jerez and will make the journey north through Spain later this week. ´There was no point going home because I would have had to fly straight back to Valencia on Friday and it is quite absurd to travel all that way for less than 24 hours at home. Also, it is snowing there and they say it is good weather in Valencia so that should help me shake off a cold I have picked up down here´.

Shinya Nakano also hung back in Jerez after completing some wet laps aboard the M1, and he now plans to spend a day in Madrid before heading on to the Ricardo Tormo circuit. The Japanese rider is looking to buy a house in Spain so that he can be closer to the Luis D'Antín team. ´I am really happy with my new team even though we haven´t been able to work together much yet,´ he commented. `They are very enthusiastic and attentive. I think we will do well because we are getting on perfectly´.

This is the second time rain has hindered MotoGP tests for Yamaha in Jerez during the off-season, and Checa could not hide his disappointment as he left. ´The situation has put us back but fortunately we still have to visit this circuit for the IRTA tests,´ said the Spaniard. `Now the most important thing is that the weather is on our side in Valencia so that we can complete all the work we have planned and pick up what we missed out on here´.

MotoGP, 2003

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