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Honda reject Yamaha request for Rossi to test at Sepang

Honda reject Yamaha request for Rossi to test at Sepang

Honda reject Yamaha request for Rossi to test at Sepang

Honda have turned down a request from Yamaha to allow Valentino Rossi to test the M1 before the cessation of his contract with HRC on 31st December. Fortuna Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio spoke to HRC counterpart Carlo Fiorani last Wednesday, requesting that Rossi be freed to take part in a three day official test with the team starting on 28th November at Sepang. However, Fiorani rejected the approach – admitting they did not want to hand an advantage to the World Champion and his new machine.

"Despite our affection for Valentino Rossi and respect for Team Yamaha, we cannot allow Rossi to test the M1 before the 31st December," confirmed Fiorani. "We simply cannot afford to concede advantages to our rivals. To allow Yamaha to test with Valentino would be like giving a sixth card to an opponent in a game of poker. This is a game and you have to respect the rules. I think Davide Brivio was right to ask our permission, and I think we were right to turn him down."

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MotoGP, 2003, Valentino Rossi

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