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More reaction from Jerez: Yamaha

More reaction from Jerez: Yamaha

More reaction from Jerez: Yamaha

Valentino Rossi: "It was another good surprise to be fastest today, I am very happy. We arrived here and everything immediately went quite well with a set-up similar to Barcelona. The bike is easy to steer, very agile, and it's handling the braking well. We are still having some problems because after 8 or 9 laps the bike is a bit more difficult to control, but we will keep working to change that.

"Unfortunately today we weren't able to do a lot of testing; I hope the weather is better tomorrow and I can improve even more. This run of tests has been really important because when you have tested at Sepang, Phillip Island, Barcelona and Jerez, you have tried the bike on all types of different corners and, overall, the bike seems in a good way." Carlos Checa: "We did a good job today and stuck with the same set-up we used in Barcelona. There's obviously a clear improvement and I think it's coming from an increase in my turning speed, but we are still looking to do better.

"The new engine spec is obviously making some difference too but apart from that we have made as few changes as possible to the bike. The target now for the rest of the test is to do several laps at a good pace; I already did seven or eight fast laps in a row this afternoon, but then the rain came and stopped me."

Jeremy Burgess (Rossi Crew Chief): "We've changed the suspension a bit for Jerez, but overall the bike's not that different from Barcelona. There's much more feel from the tyres here because the temperature is higher than Barcelona.

"Each time we test we get a better picture and we are pleased with the way the bike is adapting to each circuit. It is not the case that the Yamaha has to have big changes each time you move. It's good to come to our fourth circuit and be fastest on the first day, although we are continuing to fix the problems we have, as always."

MotoGP, 2004

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