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Reaction from Yamaha after the second day

Reaction from Yamaha after the second day

Reaction from Yamaha after the second day

Valentino Rossi: "I'm very happy in general, the engine works very well here, and the difference is quite clear from the other engine spec we tried before. We still need to find more horsepower as that's where we are losing out to the others at the moment. We tested some new Michelin tyres towards the end of the day which was quite helpful, and in general we're taking our time to find the ideal set-up rather than going flat out for hot laps. We hope to do a race simulation tomorrow, and who knows, maybe we can improve on this good lap time."

Carlos Checa: "I am a bit disappointed today because we still couldn't get to the level we are looking for. We kept trying for a more competitive set-up but didn't find it. We're working with the same engine spec, and are still making minor chassis alterations. We planned to put in a fresh engine for tomorrow, the last day of the test, so we stopped a bit early today. I really hope we make a breakthrough tomorrow."

Davide Brivio (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team Director): "We have mixed feelings in the team because Valentino and his crew were very pleased with the job they made, and the rider is very positive with the changes made to suspension and engine. He is up there with the top group and has been both in Sepang and here, so even though we know we still have a lot of work to do for him, it's a positive and motivating situation. Carlos, on the other hand, had a difficult day again and is still struggling to find his way at this circuit and feel totally comfortable with the bike. We will help him as much as we can to remedy this situation, his crew are working extremely hard as always, and will continue in the same way tomorrow."

Marco Melandri: "It was a difficult day but it was better than yesterday because we made more consistent laps, and tested different rear tyres. Some of the tyres were better than others and it was clear which were better. We're still using the 16.5 inch front tyres and we made some more very small suspension settings. I would really like to try and go for 15 to 20 laps in a row tomorrow but the only problem is that I feel so tired right now. If we do that many laps we will have to do them in the morning because I don't know if I will last until the afternoon! My shoulder and my back are aching now; I'm so exhausted from doing so many laps today. Anyway, in general I'm feeling quite positive, much more so than in Sepang."

Guy Colon (Melandri's Crew Chief): "Marco's time was better today, he did many consistently good lap times close to 1'32.0. We did some good work with the chassis and good work with the engine braking system. We have really made improvements since Sepang. We also did a good tyre test with Michelin. He did so many laps that he was worn out at the end of the day but his condition is getting better every day. Tomorrow we hope to do many more laps in a row, in preparation for the race here."

Norick Abe: "Still not such a good day for me today but I tried many different settings and I was feeling okay towards the end of the day before I fell off. I hit my head when I fell but I feel okay now. I finished early though as I thought that would be safer than going straight out again after hitting my head. We have another day tomorrow and then 3 days next time we're here. I don't want to crash again so I'm going to take it a bit easier tomorrow, but at least I managed to improve my lap time slightly today."

MotoGP, 2003

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