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Rossi impressed by new M1

Rossi impressed by new M1

Rossi impressed by new M1

Valentino Rossi's Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team were back at work alongside several other MotoGP teams at Valencia, Spain, just three days after the final Grand Prix of 2004 at the Spanish circuit on Wednesday. The first day of a two-day test for Yamaha's Factory team saw Rossi joined on track by his 2005 team-mate Colin Edwards.

Rossi, along with Yamaha test rider Wataru Yoshikawa, spent much of the day testing the first prototype of Yamaha's latest-spec 2005 M1 machine and the Italian made the fastest unofficial lap time of the day of 1'33.45s with a total 62 laps under his belt.

"We tried the new bike and it's not bad," commented Rossi. "I have quite a good impression of it. I've already ridden it well and especially because we tried new Michelin tyres and it went well with those too.

"It seems to me to be more stable, and the traction is more or less better. This bike definitely has good potential for acceleration, and the handling is still sweet. The biggest change is in the chassis.

"At this moment we are quite clear on which direction to follow with it but this is just the first test and we still have a long way to go. We have concluded our first test with the new bike and now we look forward to the next test later this month."


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