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Rossi: `A very productive test´

Rossi: `A very productive test´

Rossi: `A very productive test´

The long 2006 MotoGP season finally drew to a close for Yamaha today as the team rounded off the year with a final day's work in Jerez, before the start of the winter testing ban tomorrow. Valentino Rossi spent his last day on track continuing with general development work of Yamaha's new prototype 800cc motorcycle, testing different chassis, new suspension settings and a variety of new tyres for Michelin under sunny Spanish skies.

The fastest lap of the day was set by Honda rider Dani Pedrosa with a time of 1'39.910, followed closely by Valentino Rossi who set a time of 1.40.123 on his 69th and final lap of the day, nearly half a second under his own lap record pace.

"We had a very good test today; it's been very productive for us because we were able to check many different things for our new bike," said Rossi. "We continued to test tyres with Michelin in order to find the correct direction for their development and we also kept working with the chassis and were able to try some different suspension settings. We've got some very good information for the Yamaha engineers and now they will work hard over the winter in order to have everything ready for the next test in January. The weather was good today, warm and sunny and in these conditions it was fun to ride on this track, which is one of my favourites. This has been an important test and I am really pleased with the level that we have got to in a short space of time. Of course we still have a lot of work to do, but now it's finally the end for this year and it's time to have a rest so we can come back ready to fight in January!"

Press release courtesy of Camel Yamaha Team

MotoGP, 2006, Valentino Rossi

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