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Camel Yamaha out in force at Losail

Camel Yamaha out in force at Losail

Camel Yamaha out in force at Losail

Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi was fastest in Qatar on his first day testing at the Losail Circuit with a best lap of 1'57.36. The Italian finished only slightly ahead of teammate Colin Edwards and heaped praise on the newest version of the M1 for its response, in a test where Camel Yamaha worked predominantly on testing tyres and some small details on the bike. Also receiving the Rossi seal of approval was the state of the track, which was very clean and allowed for a good session. The Camel Yamaha, as in Sepang, suffered a few chattering problems in Qatar.

The Suzuki riders, after their problem-hit Sepang session, again stated that the bike was running far better than before, and that the electronic problems especially were being ironed out.

It was perhaps a day to forget for Carlos Checa as a fall from his bike drew a premature end to his session and he suffered concussion. He chose to rest back at the hotel with the hope of returning tomorrow, and gave his verdict on the accident and the session as a whole.

"I recieved a blow to the head and to start with I was rather disorientated. Because of this and the fact that it was already midday, we decided that the best thing to do was go back to the hotel and rest. I hope to be back in action tomorrow" said the Tech 3 Yamaha rider.

"The accident could have been caused by my having used quite hard rubber which lost grip before I thought"

The session wasn´t all bad news for Checa. He talked positively about his performance before the fall.

"Despite this incident, I´m satisfied with our work and with the results in this my first test with the Tech 3 team, the bike itself and Dunlop tyres. Although we hadn´t set time-based goals for these first sessions, I have put in respectable laps. Tomorrow I hope to feel good and ride again, seeing as aside from the concussion I haven´t received any serious injury.

A sunny day of testing finished a short while before expected, a result of a drop in general and track temperatures during the final session. Tomorrow Yamaha Tech 3 and Suzuki MotoGP have a final day´s practice, whilst Camel Yamaha will undertake their second day in Qatar.

Qatar Test- Unofficial Times

1. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'57.36 - 48 laps
2. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'57.52 - 60
3. John Hopkins - Suzuki MotoGP 1'57.64 - 66
4. Carlos Checa - Yamaha Tech 3 1'57.9 - 43
5. Chris Vermeulen - Suzuki MotoGP 1'58.67 - 62
6. Shinichi Ito - Ducati 1'58.8 - 76
7. James Ellison - Yamaha Tech 3 1'59.8 - 76
8. Olivier Jacque - Kawasaki Racing 2'00.5 - 34

MotoGP, 2006

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