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Fiat Yamaha unfazed ahead of tough Turkish test

Fiat Yamaha unfazed ahead of tough Turkish test

Fiat Yamaha are in a strong position after two races, with Valentino Rossi leading the standings and team-mate Colin Edwards taking a podium place at the last round at Jerez.

Fiat Yamaha are in a strong position after two races, with Valentino Rossi leading the standings and team-mate Colin Edwards taking a podium place at the last round at Jerez. However, as Team Manager Davide Brivio noted to motogp.com after the Spanish race, the next two tracks will be a stern test of the 800cc M1's capabilities.

Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards will each have just seventeen rear tyres and fourteen fronts at their disposal throughout the four hour-long official practice sessions, 25-minute warm-up and 22-lap race, preparing for a Grand Prix where neither of the two riders have ever taken victory. Five time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is well aware of the challenge ahead.

"The next two races, Turkey and China, are ones that I don't like so much and I have never won at Istanbul, but it's a great circuit with some very fast corners," says ‘The Doctor'. "If the bike works well then it will be great fun I think. Last year I made an error early in the race and it cost me the chance for a podium, but I won't be making the same mistake this year! We are leading the championship but it's a long season and we have to aim to get on the podium at every race.

"The difficult thing over the next two races is going to be horsepower, because both Istanbul and Shanghai have very long straights. We tried some new things at the Jerez test to improve this and I know that Yamaha have been working very hard in Japan so hopefully we will have a little bit of improvement in this area when we get to Turkey. The other question is for the tyres, because it's the first time this season that we're going to be racing at a track that we haven't tested at. With the new restrictions it's going to be very important to make the right choices and also we don't know what the weather will do."

For Edwards, a good result at Istanbul would put him right into the thick of the title battle, and the ‘Texan Tornado' has looked more comfortable than ever on the new generation of MotoGP bike. Although not a fan of the Istanbul Park circuit, the American is determined to prove his credentials on Turkish soil.

"It's been good to have some time at home, relaxing and in the knowledge that we did well in Jerez," reflects Edwards. "Now it's time to get back to work and prove that wasn't a fluke by getting amongst the champagne again in Turkey. It's definitely not one of my favourite tracks and it was a really hard race for us last year, but we had a lot of problems then and things are very different this year. We know we're going to lack a bit on the straights but we also know that our bike is working pretty well and hopefully we can make up time in other parts.

"Obviously everyone's going to be talking about the tyre factor in Istanbul but we're all in the same boat. Nobody has tested there so everyone's going to have to take some risks with their tyre choices. Basically we've just got to trust Michelin - we thought we were in trouble in Jerez but they were confident they had ‘the' tyre and they were right. They know what they're doing so hopefully everything will be ok!"

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Fiat Yamaha Team

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