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Rossi tests onboard the M1 2005

Rossi tests onboard the M1 2005

Rossi tests onboard the M1 2005

The Camel Yamaha Team lined up alongside the other MotoGP teams in Jerez for an intense afternoon trying to find some answers to the problems they faced over the course of the season's opening weekend. Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards completed 72 and 76 laps respectively and made some positive steps towards understanding the cause of the vibration that kept their lap times down during the weekend's practice sessions and forced them to start from the fourth row of the grid for yesterday's race.

Valentino Rossi caused a stir by undertaking one run on the 2005-specification YZR-M1, in order to compare its performance with the 2006 bike and gather more data to help the engineers find the solution ahead of the next race in under two weeks' time.

Camel Yamaha Team director Davide Brivio explained that "after such a disappointing opening weekend to the season, it was important for us to have the chance to test today. It was a very useful and interesting day for us and we were able to collect a lot of important information which we believe will help us. It was good to be able to go back to some of the settings that we tried over the weekend and to evaluate them in a more relaxed atmosphere, without the time pressure of a race weekend.

"In addition we decided to have Valentino ride the 2005 M1 for a few laps so we could compare its performance at this track with that of the new bike. It was interesting to see the difference – a few things about the '05 bike are better at the moment, but overall it seems the '06 bike is still a more improved package and Valentino's fastest times today were on the 2006-spec M1´, he added. ` Anyway the data from this comparison should help us a lot as we continue to develop the new bike. Valentino was able to make some good improvements to the performance of the '06 bike so this is encouraging for Qatar. Colin's test wasn't quite as positive but after today we now have a better idea of what to do in order to bring him back to the level he was at in Barcelona. It's been an important day for us and now the Yamaha engineers will work hard to evaluate the data gathered so that we can come to Qatar and fight at the front with both riders where they belong´.

MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA, Valentino Rossi

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