Yamaha continue testing in Australia despite poor weather
The Yamaha riders completed today the second day of a three-day test at Phillip Island, Australia. The pre-season testing programme of the Gauloises Yamaha and Fortuna Yamaha teams was affected by the rain again, but in the afternoon, the riders could enjoy higher temperatures than the previous day.
World Champion Valentino Rossi was the fastest of the day, completing 74 laps with a best time of 1'30.65. He spent his time testing tyres for Michelin and working on the set-up of the new YZR-M1, and remained positive despite the conditions.
"Unfortunately it was raining again and we lost all of the morning," said the Italian. "We did some good work in the afternoon, but the conditions were not really right for us to do effective testing. We continued to work on the bike settings but it was difficult to judge our progress in these bad conditions. I really hope tomorrow will be better as we still have to fix some settings on the bike."
Teammate Colin Edwards clocked 71 laps, with a best time set in 1'31.00. The former World Superbike Champion did a few laps in the wet before dedicating his afternoon to tyre testing. Even if the weather was far from perfect, Edwards was happy with the progress made since the previous test in Australia.
On the Fortuna Yamaha side, Spanish rookie Toni Elías took the opportunity to gather some wet experience. After 90 laps and a best time of 1'32.70, Elias was pleased with the work done.
"We've tested some different technical aspects in general although I think the most positive thing to come out of today was the fact that I could test the way the bike reacts in the wet and I liked it," commented Elías.
"We've also tried some different suspension settings but it's still too early to draw any conclusions. We're improving every day thanks to the great job being done by the whole team – I'm really happy. In any case, we've still got a full day to go and we have to keep working as we have done up to now to make sure we continue evolving."
Rubén Xaus preferred to wait an improvement of the track conditions and only exited the pits at 1pm. He completed 68 laps with a best time of 1'32.32 and was satisfied with the new front end configurations he tested.
1. Valentino Rossi – Gauloises Yamaha : 1'30.65 – 74 laps
2. Colin Edwards – Gauloises Yamaha : 1'31.00 – 71 laps
3. Rubén Xaus – Fortuna Yamaha : 1'32.32 – 68 laps
4. Toni Elías – Fortuna Yamaha : 1'32.70 – 90 laps