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Brivio: “We’re not ready for Qatar… yet”

Brivio: “We’re not ready for Qatar… yet”

Fiat Yamaha Team Manager indicates that Jerez test is all that is required.

The 2009 Yamaha M1, revamped with a new engine and electronics, appears from the timing sheets to be almost in race shape as rider Valentino Rossi looks to defend his MotoGP World Championship crown.

The bike got its latest runout in Qatar last week, at which Rossi’s Team Manager Davide Brivio indicated that the final test of the preseason will be all that is needed to complete the preparation of the machine.

“We’re not ready yet for the first race in Qatar, but we still have another test to go in Jerez. We basically have one full day there, and the second one will be a half day,” said Brivio after the Losail test, itself effectively reduced to two nights after rain hit the track.

“It is also important to check the bike and the electronics at the next test. Sure, Qatar isn’t one of our best circuits, but we should be ready.”

Rossi has not won the opening race of a MotoGP season since 2005, when he took victory at the Jerez circuit from pole position.

MotoGP, 2009, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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