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Brivio expecting rival reaction

Brivio expecting rival reaction

Brivio expecting rival reaction

Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio has admitted that he is expecting a backlash from the Japanese factory's MotoGP rivals after their stunning start to the new season with MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi in the saddle.

The swift development made by Rossi and his engineers with the M1 has not only wielded two victories from the last two races but has also enabled factory colleagues Marco Melandri and Carlos Checa to fight regularly at the front of the pack. All three riders finished in the top four at Catalunya last week and Brivio suspects their progress will not have gone down well at Honda.

"There is clearly a big improvement in Yamaha's racing since last year, the Yamaha riders are in the top positions most weekends, and not just Valentino," comments Brivio. "It's a good sign of the great work our engineers have done so far. There is still room for improvement, and we fully expect a reaction from our competitors so we cannot afford to relax.

"We had a good test in Barcelona the day after the race, which might help us for the rest of the season. Each time we test we are continuing to improve the set-up of the bike, working to let Valentino and the M1 get to know each other better every time.

"Assen is another kind of ‘home' circuit because our Yamaha European headquarters are based in the Netherlands. Many of our staff will come up to Assen for the race so we hope to give them a good show. We're coming from two fantastic races where we were able to win, so now we must continue to try to win as many races as possible."

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MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES TT ASSEN

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