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Xaus unhurt after first crash on M1

Xaus unhurt after first crash on M1

Xaus unhurt after first crash on M1

Rubén Xaus crashed his Yamaha YZR-M1 for the first time at Sepang on Monday and accepted that he had been trying to test too many things at once on just his second day with the machine.

The Spanish rider escaped unhurt from the morning accident and was able to significantly improve his lap times in the afternoon after going back to basics with the settings of the bike.

"With not knowing the M1 and everybody wanting to try different things – especially me – we got a bit lost," explained Xaus, who eventually set a best time of 2'03.40 after 62 laps. "In the afternoon everything went much better. After the crash the Yamaha engineers came to the box and told us to start from scratch again.

"It was the right decision because in the afternoon I felt much more comfortable and the M1 ran much better, allowing me to set the lap of 2'03.4. I carried on riding without really testing anything because the most important thing right now is to adapt and get to know the YZR M1."

Xaus' Fortuna Yamaha team-mate Toni Elías crashed yesterday, dislocating the little finger on his right hand, but was able to complete 51 laps today with a best time of 2'03.20.

"Much better!" said the youngster. "Yesterday we were basically riding to get used to the M1 and solve a few aspects related to the bike and my physical condition. Today we were able to adjust the engine braking a little more and the suspension, which helped me to feel much more comfortable on the M1.

"All that with my injured little finger! It hurts a lot and to be honest this morning I thought I would only be able to manage a couple of laps. The company that makes my gloves came up with something that allowed me to go out and ride and my right glove is actually two sizes bigger than my left!

"In general I feel really at home with the team. Nobody is putting pressure on me and bit by bit we're getting better - tomorrow hopefully more so!"

MotoGP, 2005

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