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Brivio: "This bike is ready to fight competitively"

Brivio: 'This bike is ready to fight competitively'

Brivio: "This bike is ready to fight competitively"

Following a spectacular victory in front of his passionate home crowd at Mugello, Valentino Rossi was back on board his YZR-M1 for another day of testing alongside team-mate Colin Edwards on Monday. Rossi and Edwards continued working on set-up of the latest evolution of the 2006 bike, which features a new chassis first used by Valentino in Le Mans and which is now being also used by Edwards. The Texan also tested some new Michelin tyres and Rossi had hoped to do likewise, but light rain cut short the session before he could complete the planned tyre work and he finished his day after just 24 laps.

Team Director Davide Brivio was delighted with the results of the test, and feels that it is the step needed to help the team on the title trail.

"Today has been a good test for both Valentino and Colin. It's been helpful to have some more time to test the new chassis and find the perfect set-up, we need to keep improving and carry on with the momentum! It's important to be able to confirm that we've made the right decisions with regards to the direction we're taking, and to see that the package we used in Le Mans and Mugello is the right one for us. It's been especially important for Colin because he hasn't had so much time with the new chassis, but today has given him confidence and confirmed that the package Valentino used this weekend works for him too. This bike is now ready to fight competitively for the rest of the season. As Valentino said yesterday, he needs to be on the podium at every race from now on and we hope that our bike is now ready to do just that for both him and Colin."

Edwards managed to complete a total of 57 laps with a best time of 1'50.68, whilst Rossi went round in 1'50.72. The Team now have a break before the next group of three races in just three weeks, starting with the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya in Barcelona next week.


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