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Rossi shows what a difference a day makes

Rossi shows what a difference a day makes

Rossi shows what a difference a day makes

After having conceded victory to his title rival Sete Gibernau just a matter of hours beforehand, today was a chance for Valentino Rossi to show how different the result may have been in yesterday's exciting Gauloises Grand Prix České republiky, as the riders and teams of the MotoGP and 250 World Championships returned to the scene of yesterday's events for a private test.

Ironically, the bad weather which had hampered so many riders' chances to fine-tune their bike's set-up over the weekend had dissipated into a distant memory, and the sunshine beat down the whole day with temperatures reaching 28ºC and the track temperature as high as 39ºC.

It was the kind of conditions Rossi had been hoping for this past weekend, and he showed the confidence and pace he can have on the Yamaha M1 once he has sufficient time to understand it at a circuit, smashing all records at the track with an unofficial best time of 1'58.247.

The reigning World Champion tested several aspects of his bike explaining, "We got a new cowling here, which is just a provisional attempt but which may be good for the last race of the season. We also tested a few other little bits like the engine mapping. Basically we used the good weather to work on the settings, because we couldn't do that this weekend."

With the Estoril race coming in two weeks time, quickly followed by Motegi not long after, this two day session at the Brno circuit represents a chance for the riders to make some last big adjustments to their machines for the run-in to the season's close at Valencia, and like Rossi, race-winner Gibernau was trying out new parts – namely the engine and exhaust modifications used on race-day by the likes of his Honda colleagues Barros, Biaggi and Hayden.

"We chose not to run the new parts Honda gave us during the weekend, preferring to stick with the bike we understood fully," commented the Spaniard. "We have used today to find out if these new parts are going to be any good to us and to run them alongside our base settings to see what they offer us. Tonight will be crucial to look at the data and see how they might be able to improve our times and see what adjustments we need to make to get these new parts working."

Meanwhile former 250cc World Champion Olivier Jacque returned to the track with a shakedown test on the Moriwaki, whilst Naoki Matsudo took his bow on the WCM. The Brno test continues tomorrow, with the forecast for more good weather.

1. V. Rossi 1'58.247
2. C. Checa 1'59.016
3. M. Tamada 1'59.120
4. M. Melandri 1'59.413
5. L. Capirossi 1'59.429
6. C. Edwards 1'59.431
7. T. Bayliss 1'59.459
8. J. Hopkins 1'59.475
9. N. Hayden 1'59.486
10. M. Biaggi 1'59.608
11. S. Gibernau 1'59.609
12. S. Itoh 1'59.628
13. S. Nakano 1'59.730
14. A. Barros 1'59.819
15. Kenny Roberts 2'00.311
16. N. Abe 2'00.414
17. G. Lavilla 2'00.694
18. A. Hofmann 2'01.105
19. N. Aoki 2'01.131
20. O. Jacque 2'01.851
21. J. Ellison 2'02.948
22. N. Matsudo 2'04.931
23. C. Ulrich 2'07.594

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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