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Fortuna Yamaha confident of top result

Fortuna Yamaha confident of top result

Fortuna Yamaha confident of top result

The Fortuna Yamaha Team returned to familiar territory this week as they arrived back at Jerez, venue of nine days of crucial testing for the team during the winter. Unfortunately wet weather conditions meant that only three of those nine days were beneficial for riders Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri to familiarise themselves to the circuit on their YZR-M1 machines, but team director Davide Brivio has all confidence that the team, its bike and riders, are in a position to achieve a top result.

`We were really unlucky with the weather in Jerez during our winter testing time there,´ said Brivio. `But when we did have some good weather, for only three of our days there, both Carlos and Marco´s lap times were good.

`Carlos has not had a great start to the season and has not performed to his full potential. But we saw some improvements in Welkom already and we are working hard with him to improve his feeling on the bike, and hopefully Jerez will be the place this happens - it is always extra motivation for a rider at their home Grand Prix, and the atmosphere in Jerez is normally fantastic, Carlos has many fans there.

`We will be happy to have Marco back in Jerez but of course once again I would like to thank Norick for his great performance in Welkom two weeks ago. Obviously after just one month Marco´s injuries are not 100% healed. However he feels strong enough to ride and it is important for him not to have too long away from the racing environment. He needs to take things slowly and not push himself too hard too soon.´

MotoGP, 2003

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