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Yamaha thank ‘genius' Rossi

Yamaha thank ‘genius' Rossi

Yamaha thank ‘genius' Rossi

Yamaha have expressed their delight at Valentino Rossi's historic victory at Welkom yesterday, with a top official admitting that the Italian is 'the genius behind the bike', after he presented them with their first maximum points haul since October 2002. Masao Furusawa, General Manager of the YMC Technology Development Division, enjoyed a stunning day of action under the South African sunshine and later hailed the start of a bright new era at Japanese factory headquarters.

"Racing needs a good rider, bike and organisation - otherwise you can not have a win," commented Furusawa. "An exceptional rider has come to Yamaha and all I can say is thank you to him and his crew.

"Of course there are many other people involved in the project; other riders, engineers, staff and sponsors and I'd also like to thank them. Valentino really is the genius behind the bike.

"We've only been testing with him for three months this winter and we've achieved the first goal, now we have another fifteen goals!"

Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio, one of the key men behind persuading Rossi to sign for his team, was equally euphoric. "We couldn't have had a better weekend than this," said the Italian. "Of course we know this is not the end of our work; we've only just started and we have to keep going like this the whole season and provide the best possible support to Valentino.

"He was just fantastic. This was the race everyone wanted to see and it was great to be the winner. I think all the fans will be so happy and everyone at Yamaha as we've worked so hard in the last six months.

"Unfortunately Carlos (Checa) has struggled all weekend and didn't have a good first race, but we can learn from this, check what's wrong with him and try to bring him to the front for the Jerez Grand Prix. I think he has the capability to be up front as soon as possible".


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