GAULOISES YAMAHA TEAM TEST Phillip Island, Australia Thursday, March 10, 2005 Ambient temperature: 21 degrees Track temperature: 31 degrees Humidity: 64% YAMAHA MEN WORK HARD IN PHILLIP ISLAND DESPITE MORE...
GAULOISES YAMAHA TEAM TEST
Phillip Island, Australia
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Ambient temperature: 21 degrees
Track temperature: 31 degrees
YAMAHA MEN WORK HARD IN PHILLIP ISLAND DESPITE MORE RAIN
The pre-season testing programme of Gauloises Yamaha Team duo Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards was interrupted by rain again today at Austalia's Phillip Island circuit. However, after a wet morning, higher temperatures than yesterday made for more effective testing conditions this afternoon. Both riders continued to test tyres for Michelin and work on settings and it ended as a useful day despite the poor weather.
World Champion Rossi, testing alongside the Fortuna Yamaha Team of Ruben Xaus and Toni Elias as well as his team-mate, was the fastest man on the track today. He completed 74 laps with a fastest time of 1'30.65. His time was a big improvement on that recorded yesterday, and well within lap record pace (1'31.102), but it was still shy of the 1'29.68 set at the circuit three weeks ago in warmer, drier conditions.
Gauloises Yamaha debutant Edwards completed 71 laps with a best lap of 1'31.00 -- again, slightly slower than the 1'30.60 the American recorded last month.
Spaniard Xaus was third fastest of the four, setting a time of 1'32.32 from 68 laps with his new Fortuna Yamaha Team. Team-mate and countryman Elias completed 90 laps with a best time of 1'32.70 as he continues to adapt to the MotoGP class and Yamaha's YZR-M1.
Valentino Rossi (1'30.65, 74 laps)
"Unfortunately it was raining again and we lost all of the morning. We did some good work in the afternoon, but the conditions were not really right for us to do effective testing. We continued to work on the bike settings but it was difficult to judge our progress in these bad conditions. I really hope tomorrow will be better as we still have to fix some settings on the bike."
Colin Edwards (1'31.00, 71 laps)
"We woke up to more rain and the track was soaked in the morning. I did a couple of laps in the wet just to check settings. It then dried up and we actually did some good work, spending most of the afternoon testing front tyres and a few rears. It was a good day despite the weather and the bike was working well; I feel a lot happier than I did two weeks ago."
Davide Brivio, Gauloises Yamaha Team Director
"Another wet day! We really hope that tomorrow will be better, as it's a long way to come for most of the time to be useless! We got some work done, but not as much as we expected. Colin did some laps in the wet and then it dried out a little, but the track never got dry enough to allow us to do really good work."