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Elías dislocates finger as Yamaha partner Xaus makes debut

Elías dislocates finger as Yamaha partner Xaus makes debut

Elías dislocates finger as Yamaha partner Xaus makes debut

Toni Elías dislocated the little finger on his right hand in a low-speed crash at Sepang on Sunday, where he was joined by new Fortuna Yamaha team-mate Rubén Xaus.

MotoGP rookie Elías was forced to end his session early after the incident on Sunday afternoon but reported positive progress with his Yamaha M1 and is expected to continue testing tomorrow.

"It was a basic mistake, I went into the corner in a lower gear than I should have and when I opened the throttle the bike threw me to the ground," explained Elías, who set a best time of 2'05.2 after 56 laps.

"Even though it wasn't fast, it was a really hard fall. It's all part of the learning process. Up to that point I'd been going well, dropping my times and riding really focussed.

"I didn't touch the set-up of the bike at all because my objective at the moment is to run up the kilometres and basically adapt to the new bike.

"In any case the important thing is that I'm here, I've been able to ride the M1 after two and a half months of rest and I've had the chance to continue the learning process. Basically I'm happy."

Xaus tested the YZR-M1 for the first time after five years with Ducati and completed 63 laps of the Malaysian circuit as he looked to learn as much as possible about his new machine.

"These tests will allow me to learn and adapt to the new team and the new bike," said Xaus, who set a best time of 2'04.9. "I'm getting on really well with all the members of the team although I have to speak French with the mechanics and English with the engineers.

"I've had a really good feeling with the bike, I like it. I've still got a few habits after five years riding a Ducati because I only used to use the clutch to set off and then I'd forget about it. With the Yamaha it's obviously very different. I'm still not using the engine as I should and the riding position is also very different – more on the front end – so all your references change.

"In general I'm very happy, basically I spent all day trying to get a feel for the M1 without worrying about lap times. In the morning I was a bit tense and I think I'll be much more relaxed when I arrive at the circuit tomorrow."

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