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Yamaha riders ‘taking it easy'

Yamaha riders ‘taking it easy'

Yamaha riders ‘taking it easy'

Gauloises Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio said his riders were ‘taking it easy' after a first day of MotoGP testing dominated by Honda at Sepang. Valentino Rossi headed back to the hotel early after complaining of a fever whilst his team-mate Colin Edwards could only manage the ninth fastest time, but Brivio was unflustered.

"The first day went quite smoothly for the whole team," he insisted. "We did a good job with the tyres and we are now fine-tuning the bike settings and will continue to work on this over the next two days. We took it quite easy today as we have plenty of time ahead of us!"

Rossi, who was fifth fastest and clocked up 58 laps despite his illness explained: "I had a fever today and I didn't feel so good. As the day went on I felt more and more weak and I began to find it hard to focus on the bike. I thought it was a good idea to stop a little early, as we had already done all the work we wanted to do.

"We worked a lot on tyres today and also on engine braking; we had a few things to improve on this from the last test and we managed that today, so we achieved what we needed to do. I am going to go to sleep early tonight and I hope to feel better tomorrow!"

Edwards, who completed 63 laps, admitted he had suffered some technical difficulties today but was hopeful his team had found the right way forward for the remainder of the test.

"We had a few difficulties starting out today; for some reason the bike didn't feel the same as last time, but once we sat down and discussed things, everything got better," he said.

"We did a lot of tyre work and didn't change much on the settings throughout the morning, but this afternoon we played around a bit with the front and rear settings, and made some good improvements. It felt even hotter than at the last test, but I'm pleased because I was doing consistently fast laps during the hottest part of the day."

MotoGP, 2005

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