GAULOISES YAMAHA TEAM READY FOR FLYAWAYS AFTER SUCCESSFUL BRNO TEST
Following his ninth victory from eleven races in Sunday's Czech Republic Grand Prix, Gauloises Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi and his team-mate Colin Edwards completed a two-day test at the Brno circuit today, preparing for the forthcoming run of five 'flyaway' races in September and October. Both riders worked hard over the two days on a variety of small but important set-up changes, as well as spending time testing different Michelin tyres, finishing the test with some encouraging lap times under their belts.
Rossi and Edwards were joined on the track by most of the rest of the MotoGP field, as the teams all took the chance to spend some time out on track without the pressure of a race looming over them. According to the unofficial lap times, the fastest man over the two days was Ducati rider Loris Capirossi, third in Sunday's race, with a time of 1'57.568. Nicky Hayden and Sete Gibernau (both Honda) followed, with Edwards (1'58.584) and Rossi (1'58.654) setting the fourth and fifth best times.
The Team now has a two-week break before the Japanese Grand Prix in just in Motegi, the first of five races outside Europe in six weeks, before the MotoGP paddock returns to Spain for the season-ending finale at Valencia in November. Rossi can clinch the World Championship title by finishing in the top two in Motegi, whilst Edwards will be looking for more valuable points to keep him in the battle for second place.
COLIN EDWARDS -- 1'58.584
"That was a really busy test! We just tried a bunch of stuff with the bike, playing around with settings, trying to get my weight right and get to the root of the problem that we had at the weekend. Every time we've had a bad race it's been the same issue -- no traction -- and today we really tried a lot of things to get it fixed. We made some good steps forward and by the end of the test I was able to do low '59s on a tyre that had done 24 laps. The mechanics worked incredibly hard over this test to keep up with me and my demands, so big thanks to them. We spent so much time working with the bike on race tyres that we actually tested less new tyres than usual with Michelin, probably only about six, but we got some good stuff from that too so all in all it's looking much better for Motegi."
VALENTINO ROSSI -- 1'58.654
"Testing the day after a race is always a bit difficult, and when you have won the race it is even harder to feel motivated! However we know that we have to keep improving, because the championship is not over yet and anything could happen! For this reason it's been a valuable test for us. The bike is good and we didn't want to take any big risks with trying new parts, but we have tried a new setting for the front forks and done some work on the engine mapping. We have also done a lot of work with Michelin and they brought some good new tyres here for us to test, so this is encouraging for the remaining races. I did some good times both yesterday and today and I'm happy with the work we've done. Now I am glad to have two weeks to relax before we go to Motegi."
DAVIDE BRIVIO -- GAULOISES YAMAHA TEAM DIRECTOR
"This was the last test before the end of the season, so the work we've done here will be very important for the remaining six races. We didn't test any big things, just some small details which are important for us. Our bike is good right now so we didn't want to make any great changes by introducing new parts at this point in the championship. We tested some new settings in the front forks, as well as working on mapping and electronics, looking to improve the power delivery and make it smoother. We also tried some tyres for Michelin. The test also gave Colin the chance to work again on his race setting and try to find a good way forward after the small problems he had at the weekend. It's been very positive for both of them and they did some good times on both days, so now we are looking forward to Motegi!"
<pre> UNOFFICIAL LAP TIMES (OVER TWO DAYS) 1. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team 1'57.568 2. Nicky Hayden (USA) Repsol Honda Team 1'57.602 3. Sete Gibernau (SPA) Movistar Honda MotoGP 1'58.441 4. COLIN EDWARDS (USA) Gauloises Yamaha Team 1'58.584 5. VALENTINO ROSSI (ITA) Gauloises Yamaha Team 1'58.654 6. Carlos Checa (SPA) Ducati Marlboro Team 1'58.730 7. Marco Melandri (ITA) Movistar Honda 1'58.977 8. Alex Barros (BRA) Camel Honda 1'59.393 9. Makoto Tamada (JPN) Konica Minolta Honda 1'59.392 10. Max Biaggi (ITA) Repsol Honda Team 1'59.399