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Camel Yamaha and Carlos Checa shine on Qatar Test day three

Camel Yamaha and Carlos Checa shine on Qatar Test day three

Camel Yamaha and Carlos Checa shine on Qatar Test day three

On the third day of Tests in Qatar the Camel Yamahas continued their run at the top of the standings for the second day running. The latecomers to the Losail circuit, having only attended two of the three sessions, both Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards put in the day´s fastest laps. The Camel Yamahas came in under the 1´57 mark (Rossi 1´56.53, Edwards 1´56.81), showing their development to be taking good shape already.

Rossi´s and Edwards´ times were both faster than Loris Capirossi´s 2005 pole-setting lap. The Italian commented that he was very pleased with the time and that a large part of his 60 laps was dedicated to testing different Michelin compounds. Very satisfied with the tyres, Valentino added that he couldn´t wait until Sepang and the chance to go against the rest of the MotoGP field.

Carlos Checa´s skill and determination showed through during the session. The Catalan rider, coming back from a concussion suffered yesterday, took to the track and showed no fear in his comeback. He beat his previous day´s fastest lap time and was just off Colin Edwards´ pace. His competitive spirit was not lost on the reigning World Champion, who regards Checa´s reintroduction to MotoGP as "Good news for the Championship. He´s already a very experienced rider". Checa described himself as content with his times and excited about the new season, although aware of the work that lies ahead.

Checa´s teammate James Ellison, like the majority of riders, used today for tyre testing. The Suzuki riders John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen finished their testing with this session. Whilst Vermeulen put in 56 laps of the Qatar circuit, Hopkins brought his outing to an abrupt end at midday due to engine problems.

Qatar Test- Day 3
Unofficial Times

1. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1.56.53 -(60 laps)
2. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1.56.81 -(76 laps)
3. Carlos Checa - Yamaha Tech 3 1.56.9 -(61 laps)
4 John Hopkins - Suzuki MotoGP 1.57.63 -(38 laps)
5. Chris Vermeulen - Suzuki MotoGP 1.57.83 -(56 laps)
6. Shinichi Ito - Ducati 1.58.9 -(44 laps)
7. James Ellison - Yamaha Tech 3 1'58.98 -(62 laps)
8. Olivier Jacque – Kawasaki Racing 1.59.4 -(46 laps)

MotoGP, 2006, Carlos Checa

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