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Straight back to work for MotoGP in Catalunya

Straight back to work for MotoGP in Catalunya

Straight back to work for MotoGP in Catalunya

After an exhausting Gran Premi Marlboro de Catalunya, there was no rest for the majority of the MotoGP paddock, with many teams staying on in the searing heat to perform tests at the Montmelo track. Following the usual post-race debriefing, several riders were put through their paces as they spent another gruelling day testing their kit around the Catalan circuit. Various teams were using the opportunity to test tyres, with the 50ºC ground temperatures in Spain putting them up to a stiff examination. Meanwhile other teams continued to work on other aspects of their machines in preparation for the Gauloises Dutch TT which gets underway in ten days time.

Yesterday's race winner Valentino Rossi was back out on his Honda RC211V, testing tyres for Michelin, along with Honda Pons' Loris Capirossi and the Yamaha M1s of Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi. His team-mate Tohru Ukawa, as well as fellow Honda riders Daijiro Kato and Alex Barros, left Spain for Japan directly after the race, in order to put in some practice for the Suzuka eight-hour race they will compete in during August.

Also testing tyres were the two teams using Bridgestone this season, Kanemoto Racing and Proton Team KR. The American tyre manufacturer is having its first season in MotoGP this year, and the project is under continual development, with Catalunya offering the most difficult of conditions in which to test their durability and grip. Besides tyres however, Kenny Roberts Sr.'s Proton Team were also working on their newly developed chassis; a wider frame that McWilliams used during racing this past weekend.

The other teams to stay on at the track, which is located to the north of Barcelona, were the Suzuki factory team with Roberts and Gibernau both testing improvements made to their GSV-R machines, Yamaha D'Antin and Abe who also worked on chassis modifications, alongside Red Bull Yamaha's Hopkins, who was testing a new fairing design, and their replacement rider Hofmann. There was also an opportunity for test-riders to get in on the action, with Sylvain Guintoli from Yamaha Tech3, David Garcia for Proton KR, Shinichi Itoh for Kanemoto Honda and Akira Ryo for Suzuki all lapping regularly around the circuit.

MotoGP, 2002

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