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Brivio takes positives from Brno

Brivio takes positives from Brno

Brivio takes positives from Brno

Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio insisted he was able to take a series of positives back to the team workshop in Italy despite seeing Valentino Rossi's lead at the top of the championship reduced to seventeen points by Sete Gibernau at Brno last Sunday.

Two days of encouraging tests at the Czech circuit convinced Brivio that the only thing Rossi had lacked over the course of the weekend was set-up data, giving the whole squad reason for optimism ahead of the next round in Portugal.

"It was a positive test overall because we were able to complete the set-up we couldn't do during the race weekend because of the weather," said Brivio. "We were able to work more on engine management and this will help in the coming races. We did lots with Michelin because they had so many tyres they wanted us to test.

"Valentino has made more valuable miles on the M1 which is always a benefit to him and the engineers, and Carlos (Checa) was pleased with his final set-up and engine mapping. We were able to finish early because both riders had made so many laps, they're both happy but like everyone they were quite tired after working so many days in a row!"

On his riders' performance in the race, which saw Rossi take second place and his team-mate Checa cross the line sixth, Brivio added: "All in all it was a good result. I think that we had a good race and a good fight to the very end for the win with Valentino. We are still leading the championship and so we are still going forward.

"For Carlos his result is not so bad, considering that both riders had a very short time in the dry to set up the bikes. Normally this year we have needed as much time as possible because Valentino has not so much experience on this bike."


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