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Reaction from Jerez: Yamaha

Reaction from Jerez: Yamaha

Reaction from Jerez: Yamaha

Valentino Rossi: "There's not very much to say about today (Thursday), except that I'm pleased with the way the bike has gone in the wet. It is still not bad to ride and the tyres felt okay too. Anyway this is the end of the winter tests and I'm very happy with our progress."

Carlos Checa: "We've been wet-weather testing today to get the feeling of the bike in these conditions. The main thing we've been working on is different engine maps. It was good to try the new engine spec in the wet and it is definitely a bit better. It's important to try the bike in these conditions in case we have weather like this at one of the races. Overall I'm very pleased with this test and I think it is maybe the best one yet for us."

Antonio Jimenez (Checa's Crew Chief): "Carlos only went out three times today, just to check the settings in case we have weather like this in Welkom! Once he was happy we stopped; that was enough for the day and it was good to stop early as we have so much work to do getting everything ready to send to South Africa. We are quite satisfied with these two days, even though we haven't completed so many laps. The whole team is now looking forward to Welkom and we feel more confident after these IRTA tests."

Davide Brivio (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team Director): "These winter tests have been very interesting for us and I can't deny that we are delighted with Valentino's Barcelona results and Carlos' improvement here in Jerez. However we still have room for more improvement. Everyone in Yamaha has worked very hard to get the M1 to the stage it is at now and it will stay like this for the first race in Welkom. It's encouraging that the set-up seems to work in such a variety of circuits. We have a base and it's a good one. The only thing now is to see how the bike responds in race conditions which will be very different to these tests."

MotoGP, 2004

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