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MotoGP teams back at work after Jerez thriller

MotoGP teams back at work after Jerez thriller

MotoGP teams back at work after Jerez thriller

Less than 24 hours after a spectacular race at Jerez, several MotoGP teams were back on track for a short test before moving on to Estoril. Gauloises Yamaha's Colin Edwards posted the fastest lap of the day ahead of Italian team-mate Valentino Rossi, who won yesterday the opening round of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship after an intense battle with Sete Gibernau.

"After this test we basically understand what happened yesterday and where we've been going wrong lately. Once we had worked out the problem, the lap times came easily and I was lapping consistently in the 1'41s all afternoon," explained Edwards, who took a disappointing ninth in yesterday's Spanish GP.

> "My best lap was on a race tyre. It's frustrating because we really could have done with knowing this before the weekend! I tried two tyres for Michelin and worked a bit on mapping, but mostly we were just getting the settings and geometry back to where we wanted it. I really needed this after not such a great race yesterday and it's left me feeling much more positive about Estoril. I hope we can put today's work to good use there."

Rossi was also satisfied after working on suspension settings and refining the engine mapping of the 2005 version of the YZR-M1. The Italian posted the second fastest lap ahead of Carlos Checa, who lapped in 1'41.01 on race tyres. The Spaniard is still suffering from his shoulder injury but reported progress after testing new Bridgestone tyres and working on improving the driveability of the Desmosedici's engine.

His Ducati Marlboro team-mate Loris Capirossi sat out the test because of his ankle injury : he only took part in a promotional event with the two-seater Desmosedici before visiting the Clinica Mobile for further checks. The team test rider Vittoriano Guareschi worked on the Italian rider's bike, focussing on the fine-tuning of the engine braking system.

Fortuna Yamaha riders Toni Elias and Ruben Xaus were also on track at Jerez, mainly to gain experience with the YZR-M1 and complete as many laps as possible before the Portuguese GP. Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano continued the development of the Ninja-ZX-RR.

1. Colin Edwards - Gauloises Yamaha Team : 1'40.98 (52 laps)
2. Valentino Rossi - Gauloises Yamaha Team : 1'41.00 (41 laps)
3. Carlos Checa - Ducati Marlboro Team : 1'41.01 (54 laps)
4. Toni Elias - Fortuna Yamaha Team : 1'41.90 (63 laps)
5. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing Team : 1'42.00 (46 laps)
6. Ruben Xaus - Fortuna Yamaha Team : 1.42.80 (73 laps)


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