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Cool but dry conditions help Yamaha progress on day two at Phillip Island

Cool but dry conditions help Yamaha progress on day two at Phillip Island

Cool but dry conditions help Yamaha progress on day two at Phillip Island

The factory Yamaha MotoGP team completed their second day of tests at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia under a blanket of cloud on Wednesday, enjoying cool but dry conditions to run up over 300 laps between their four riders. The fastest man of the day was again Valentino Rossi, who's request for more horsepower seems to have been met as he clocked a fastest time of 1'30.62 to improve on his best effort from the last test here by around two tenths. Rossi will be hoping for better weather conditions on Thursday as he looks to lower his time still further, with the target no doubt being Honda rider Max Biaggi's 1'30.21, set at the sun-blessed February sessions.

Whilst Rossi continued to run in the new engine spec for the YZR-M1, team-mate Carlos Checa concentrated on race set-up in the hope that he will have the new motor at his disposal in the next test at Barcelona. Checa ran up 100 laps today, including a race simulation in the afternoon. Norick Abe made a significant breakthrough with his times after struggling throughout the preseason to find a comfortable set-up for the M1 – especially at this circuit, where he suffered a major crash in his first race on the bike at the end of the 2002 season. Abe dramatically softened his front suspension today and immediately went almost a second quicker than his best time from three weeks ago.

Unofficial lap times

Valentino Rossi - 1'30.72 (60 laps)
Carlos Checa - 1'31.51(100 laps)
Norick Abe - 1'32.98 (73 laps)
Marco Melandri - 1'33.38 (69 laps)

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MotoGP, 2003

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