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Rossi to commence 2009 YZR-M1 work on Monday at Motegi

Rossi to commence 2009 YZR-M1 work on Monday at Motegi

With this year´s title already virtually in the bag Valentino Rossi will start working on next season´s Yamaha race package in a brief Motegi test on Monday.

A champion´s work is never done and even though Valentino Rossi has an excellent chance of securing his sixth MotoGP World Championship on Sunday afternoon in Japan he is expected back on track on Monday morning to help Yamaha with their development of the YZR-M1 for next season.

Although Rossi´s 2008 race machinery and all the equipment his Fiat Yamaha mechanics use on Grand Prix weekends will be packed up and sent onto Phillip Island for round sixteen on Sunday evening, the Italian will undertake a brief test using Yamaha development material.

His Team Manager Davide Brivio explained, `Taking advantage of the opportunity that we have here in Japan, Yamaha wanted to get some initial feedback from Valentino on some parts that might be on the 2009 machine.´

`We are busy with building the 2009 prototype that will be used during the winter test, starting from Valencia after the race. So it is a good opportunity for Valentino to give some comments and see whether the engineers are taking a good direction or not.´

With regard to what the focus of the test would be Brivio added, `In every racing department the development on the engine never stops so for sure you always have to try and improve the engine performance, but also the chassis. We changed the tyre this year so sometimes we have been on the limit with set-up options.´

On managing the development of the 2009 bike on Bridgestone tyres, whilst Rossi´s Fiat Yamaha colleague Jorge Lorenzo and Tech3 Yamaha counterparts James Toseland and Colin Edwards are on Michelin rubber, Brivio went on to say, `The bike has demonstrated that it is competitive on all tyres, but we will try to make more adjustments a possibility.´

`The development is not for Bridgestone tyres, the development is to improve the bike in general. We can say this (2008) bike has been built on Michelin because that was the only information we had to base it on and it has been good on both Michelin and Bridgestone tyres, so that has to be the same for next year.´

`We don´t know what the tyre situation will be,´ Brivio continued, `But anyway the bike has to be good as a base, in itself, and then the set-up and adjustments will make the bike suitable for any tyres.´

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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