Marlboro Yamaha Team Sepang test preview

The Marlboro Yamaha Team and riders Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa were making final preparations today for their three-day test at Malaysia's Sepang Circuit. The team arrived in Malaysia from a successful four-day outing at Phillip Island in...

The Marlboro Yamaha Team and riders Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa were making final preparations today for their three-day test at Malaysia's Sepang Circuit. The team arrived in Malaysia from a successful four-day outing at Phillip Island in Australia last week. After a few free days it was business as usual today as they prepared their YZR-M1 machines for tomorrow's first day of riding.

Italian Biaggi chose to spend his free time at the team's hotel at Kuala Lumpur airport where he made full use of the swimming pool and gym facilities. "There was no point in going back to Europe between the tests because of the time difference, so I've just been twiddling my thumbs waiting to get started," explained Biaggi. "The hotel is quite nice so I've been working out a bit and did a couple of runs with my mechanics."

"This is an important test as the track is very different from Phillip Island and it will be interesting to see how the bike behaves in this heat."

Biaggi's Spanish team-mate Carlos Checa made use of his three free days in Malaysia to fly north and visit the holiday island of Langkawi with girlfriend Gina. "There was nothing else to do, so it was nice just to have a few days away," said Checa. "We spent time on the beach, hired a bike to explore and also did a couple of dives, which I love. We also fed some small sharks by hand near the beach."

"Now I'm ready for some hard work and looking forward to it. It's very hot here but that's why we come."

"Our focus here is the same as Phillip Island," explains team manager Geoff Crust. "We're looking for good consistent lap times and to work up to a race simulation. One-off lap times are of no real relevance as we've learnt with experience that conditions are likely to be very different when we come back here to race next October. Once again, we won't be issuing any lap times because we want to keep things as a surprise until we join the group tests in Europe in February"

-myt-

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