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Yamaha Director Nakajima addresses garage split

Yamaha Director Nakajima addresses garage split

Overseeing the debut of three Yamaha riders with their new teams, the Japanese factorys Team Director Masahiko Nakajima was present in Malaysia last weekend for the second winter test in preparation for the 2008 season.

Overseeing the debut of three Yamaha riders with their new teams, the Japanese factorys Team Director Masahiko Nakajima was present in Malaysia last weekend for the second winter test in preparation for the 2008 season.

Over the course of an intensive three day test, Nakajima was able to watch factory rider Jorge Lorenzo and Yamaha Tech 3 newcomer James Toseland in extended run-outs on the M1, in addition to a commanding performance from Yamaha veteran Colin Edwards, who moves to the satellite team this season.

What we mainly wanted to do here was have James and Jorge accustomed to the bike, especially the switch to a four-stroke, commented the Japanese Director in Sepang.

We had three test bikes brought over from Japan, and two test riders (Wataru Yoshikawa and Norihiko Fujiwara). They worked on a lot of chassis and engine parts but, as the whole bike is a prototype, the engine is entirely new.

The Fiat Yamaha factory outfit will have a divided garage in 2008, with a difference in tyre manufacturers between Michelin man Lorenzo and new Bridgestone addition Valentino Rossi provoking the separation of the two by a partition.

Whilst Davide Brivio will manage Rossis side, Daniele Romagnoli assumes control over that of Lorenzo, although Nakajima was keen to make sure that a united front remains in the factory squad.

The management of the factory team is a concern; this is different, but we will try to make it work, he commented. We want to make sure that there is good management inside the team.

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MotoGP, 2007

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