Gauloises Yamaha Team Test
Monday 13th June 2005
RAIN HALTS GAULOISES YAMAHA TEAM TEST IN BARCELONA
Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards cut short their planned one-day test today, as the good weather from the weekend finally broke and rain moved in over the Montmelo circuit in Catalunya. After his fifth victory from five races in the Catalan Grand Prix here yesterday, Rossi planned an early start to the day and managed 17 laps before the weather turned, gathering some valuable information for the Yamaha engineers and setting a best lap of 1'44.00. His Gauloises Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards, who finished seventh in yesterday's race, had been hoping to check some settings and do some tyre work, but the rain halted him and he completed only two laps before deciding to call it a day. Riders from Honda, Ducati, WCM and Kawasaki, as well as David Checa on the Fortuna Yamaha bike, decided to stay on to test throughout the afternoon despite the bad weather.
Valentino Rossi (17 laps, 1'44.00)
"We were expecting the rain and so we managed to get most of our work done in time before it came. It was a short but very important test. We tried some new engine parts so we could tell the engineers the right way to take in their development. There were some good and some bad things, and we needed to decide on one direction. We've decided that we probably won't use these new parts at the next race in Holland, but we might try them in the US."
Colin Edwards (2 laps)
"It's a real shame the weather didn't hold out, because we had some work to do and we were really hoping to clear some things up today. Unfortunately, as I rode out of the garage it started to rain so I didn't even finish my second lap! I guess we could have done some work in the wet this afternoon, but that wasn't part of our plan and to be honest it wasn't going to get wet enough for effective rain testing. Now we'll just have to use the time we have in Assen really well so we're ready to race there."
"We started early because we knew it was going to rain, and we needed to try to do some work before the bad weather came. Valentino managed to do most of the things we needed to do and has been able to give some important information to the engineers to help with the future development of the bike. The only thing we weren't able to do before the rain came was some tyre testing for Michelin. For Colin we wanted to go back and check some settings and some tyres, in order to better understand what happened yesterday. The rain didn't help and cut short our plans, so now we will wait until Assen, which is a track that Colin really likes and we hope will be good for him."