Fiat Yamaha Barcelona test notes 2008-06-10

Rossi enjoys positive test while Lorenzo receives treatment to his injuries After claiming an important 20 points in Sunday's Grand Prix of Catalunya, Valentino Rossi and his crew were back at yesterday for a half day test at the Montmelo...

Rossi enjoys positive test while Lorenzo receives treatment to his injuries

After claiming an important 20 points in Sunday's Grand Prix of Catalunya, Valentino Rossi and his crew were back at yesterday for a half day test at the Montmelo circuit. Rossi shared the track with the large majority of the MotoGP grid, although his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was still absent as he continues his recovery from Friday's crash.

Having experienced some set-up problems during the weekend, the team concentrated largely on working through those issues during today's test and improving their package with Donington in mind. As usual there were also plenty of tyres to test with Bridgestone and Rossi set his best lap of 1'41.857 on a qualifying tyre, a time considerably better than his time from Saturday's official qualifying session. The Italian completed 61 laps and set the second fastest time of the day, behind Casey Stoner.

Next stop for the team is Donington Park in the UK for the British Grand Prix on 22nd June.

Davide Brivio Team Manager;

"Once again we've had a very positive day's testing, and it's been good to have the time to work through some of the problems we had at the weekend in order to completely understand what happened. We mainly worked on setting and tyres and, together with Bridgestone, we got some good information that we are sure will help us over the next two races. With qualifying tyres we were able to improve our time from Saturday, so this is also a good outcome. Finally we also worked on our starts, in order to try to improve the beginning of the race for us. We are satisfied with the day's work and now we're looking forward to the next races."

Lorenzo undergoes successfull skin graft in Barcelona

Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo is expected to leave the hospital today (Tuesday) after undergoing successful surgery on his injured right hand and further neurological checks in Barcelona yesterday.

The 21-year-old has undergone a skin graft on the fourth and fifth fingers of his right hand. Renowned hand specialist Dr Xavier Mir carried out the operation in the Dexeus Institute, using skin from Lorenzo's right wrist.

A final CAT scan also confirmed that the MotoGP rookie has fully recovered from concussion, although he still cannot entirely recall the moments immediately before the accident in the second free practice session of the Grand Prix of Catalunya last Friday.

-credit: yamaha-racing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Davide Brivio