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Xaus pays for blistering pace of Yamaha

Xaus pays for blistering pace of Yamaha

Xaus pays for blistering pace of Yamaha

Rubén Xaus prepared himself for an uncomfortable flight home from Malaysia on Wednesday as he nursed a series of blisters caused by rubbing from his Yamaha.

Xaus rode the YZR-M1 for the first time in scorching temperatures at Sepang and admitted the conditions didn't help him make the transition to the famously compact bike after spending the last five seasons riding for Ducati.

"Riding a bike which is so different to what I am used to has given me a few physical problems and I've suffered a few blisters as a result of the bike rubbing me," revealed Xaus. "Today we concentrated on continuing to get to know the M1 because yesterday we were lapping quickly all day and this is a difficult track.

"You can see clearly on the telemetry that I'm giving it plenty of gas. The bike is shorter and the weight transfer is very different to the Ducati. With me not being used to the M1, I worked harder than the bike over the first two days!

"The relationship with the team is good although I still have to get used to the way the Japanese work. Maybe it would have been easier to ride the bike for the first time in Europe, where I've got more references. Anyway, we had to do it here and I'm very happy with the way the first test has gone with Yamaha!."

Toni Elías also faces a period of recuperation before he return to his full physical training programme after breaking and dislocating the little finger on his right hand during the test. Nevertheless, the Spanish rookie was boosted by his progress over the three days and is pleased with the way he has adapted to the new bike after stepping up from the 250cc class.

"I'm really satisfied because things were tough at the start after my crash on Sunday but in the end we were able to complete the testing programme we had planned. On Tuesday afternoon I was even able to do my first tyre tests with Michelin.

"We haven't made any major changes to the M1 although we have adjusted a few minor technical aspects. It doesn't feel quite so strange to be riding the M1 anymore although there are a few things that don't come naturally to me yet. But everything needs time and I'll adapt eventually to the bike.

"The tests went much better here than in Valencia, where I rode the M1 for the first time. I have to get used to test sessions as long as this one and hopefully I can keep going like this. I've really enjoyed it and I'm leaving here a happy man!"

MotoGP, 2005

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