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Yamaha riders complete testing at Phillip Island

Yamaha riders complete testing at Phillip Island

Yamaha riders complete testing at Phillip Island

The Gauloises Yamaha and Fortuna Yamaha riders completed the last day of a three-day test in Phillip Island, Australia today. They took advantage of an improvement in the weather with some sunny, if windy, conditions today. But the rain that the teams have had to cope with for the last two days left a legacy of poor grip at the picturesque track south of Melbourne.

Rossi set the fastest time of the day with a lap of 1'30.44; two-tenths faster than his time from yesterday but still slower than the 1'29.68 he recorded at the last test in Phillip Island when conditions were better.

"Today the weather was better but the track conditions were still not very good," said the Italian. "The track has been so affected by all the rain before on the previous days that it was still quite difficult and this is why we didn't improve the lap times much."

"We were able to do some good work however, and continue working on the bike settings and testing tyres for Michelin, so it was a worthwhile day. Now I'm really looking forward to moving on to Barcelona with everyone else and continuing to develop the new bike as we move closer to the first race."

Edwards set a best lap of 1'30.50, one-tenth of a second faster than his best time from the last test and a half-second improvement on his time from yesterday. Spaniard and MotoGP rookie Toni Elias completed 73 laps with a best of 1'31.85 and his fellow countryman and last year's MotoGP Rookie of the Year, Ruben Xaus, finished the day with a best lap of 1'32.61 from 118 laps.

The Yamaha riders now return to Europe for the first time since the Valencia race last November for two Official Test in Barcelona from 18th to 20th March and Jerez from 25th to 27th March.

Unofficial Lap Times:

1. Valentino Rossi – Gauloises Yamaha : 1'30.44 – 83 laps
2. Colin Edwards – Gauloises Yamaha : 1'30.50 – 79
3. Toni Elias – Fortuna Yamaha : 1'31.85 – 73
4. Ruben Xaus : Fortuna Yamaha : 1'32.6 - 118

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MotoGP, 2005

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