RYH Jerez IRTA test, day three

The third day of the IRTA tests in Jerez has ended up with different luck for the riders of the Repsol YPF Honda team. While Criville crashed flying off his bike, his teammate Tohru Ukawa continued with his positive training process. The crash ...

The third day of the IRTA tests in Jerez has ended up with different luck for the riders of the Repsol YPF Honda team. While Criville crashed flying off his bike, his teammate Tohru Ukawa continued with his positive training process. The crash caused Criville an injury on the little finger of his left hand, including a wound with loss of substance. The Spanish rider has been urgically operated during half an hour at the Mobile Clinic by Doctor Costa and his team. According to Doctor Costa's statements, "...during the surgical intervention Alex Crivillé underwent a plastic reconstruction of the little finger of his left hand, four stitches to close the wound, and afterwards we have proceeded to a graft with artificial skin to achieve a faster recovery of the burnt area." Despite this new injury, Alex Crivillé will be able to get back on the bike at the IRTA tests which will take place in Valencia on February 26th and 27th, although there is also a possibility for Alex to take part at the previous tests in Estoril on February 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

Alex Crivillé 13th, 1.44.200 sec. (157 laps in 3 days, 693 kilometres) "Everything happened very fast, the back tyre slid and before I had noticed what was happening the bike threw me off. I fell on the left side burning the little finger of my left hand. It was my sixth lap of the day and on the lap before I already had made a 1.44.2, so I was pushing a little harder in order to get the right rhythm. This is really a mishap but logically I'm still optimistic. Now we have to see if it will be possible to test in Portugal or if I will have to wait until the IRTA tests in Valencia."

Tohru Ukawa 10th, 1.43.459 sec. (236 laps in 3 days, 1.043 kilometres) "Today we have been trying out further componentes and we have made a couple of race simulations. The first has been a ession of ten fast laps and on the second we have increased the amount to twenty laps. In this second simulation I have been driving on a constant low 1,44. We have got a lot of information through these tests and the balance of the three days is positive."

<pre> 1. Valentino Rossi Nastro Azurro Honda 1.42.322 sec.

2. Carlos Checa Marlboro Yamaha Team 1.42.447 sec.

3. Max Biaggi Marlboro Yamaha Team 1.42.471 sec.

4. Loris Capirossi West Honda Pons 1.42.518 sec.

5. Alex Barros West Honda Pons 1.42.884 sec.

6. Shinya Nakano Galouises Yamaha Tech 3 1.43.030 sec.

7. J. Vd Goorbergh Proton Team KR 1.43.120 sec.

8. Noriyuki Haga Red Bull Yamaha 1.43.421 sec.

10. Tohru Ukawa Repsol YPF Honda 1.43.459 sec.

13. Alex Crivillé Repsol YPF Honda 1.44.200 sec.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Alex Criville , Alex Barros , Tohru Ukawa , Shinya Nakano , Noriyuki Haga