Positive test for Edwards and Crutchlow in Valencia The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team concluded a successful two-day test session at the Valencia circuit today, Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow both satisfied with the start of their preparations...
Positive test for Edwards and Crutchlow in Valencia
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team concluded a successful two-day test session at the Valencia circuit today, Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow both satisfied with the start of their preparations for the 2011 MotoGP campaign. With no repeat of the rain that disrupted the opening day of action yesterday, the MotoGP field was able to take advantage of more favourable conditions today. A strong wind though meant conditions were still not perfect, but Edwards and Crutchlow were able to complete over 100 laps between them. Edwards carried out more development work on a revised chassis and engine package, the 36-year-old confirming the potential of the 2011 Yamaha YZR-M1 machine in a short 34-lap run. He was also able to further assess the performance of new Bridgestone rear tyres and set a best time of 1.33.325 to finish 12th on the timesheets. Crutchlow continued his impressive transition to MotoGP, the British rider spending the majority of his time concentrating on adapting his riding style rather than making big changes to the set-up of his YZR-M1 machine. Crutchlow made major progress in getting accustomed to the lighter and more powerful MotoGP machine and he finished ahead of nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Toni Elias. His best time of 1.33.483 was only 0.2s slower than the best lap Ben Spies set during last weekend's 30-lap race and the former World Supersport champion was less than a second away from the top six. The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team now begins a thoroughly deserved winter break before the paddock r econvenes at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia in early February.
Colin Edwards Position: 12th - Time: 1'33.325 - Laps: 34
"I feel pretty tired now after six days of riding but this test has been very positive and we have gained a lot of good information about next year's bike. I was able to confirm a few things we found out yesterday and the 2011 bike has a lot of potential. The chassis and engine are a definite step forward and we can look forward to next year with a lot of optimism. I want to thank my Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew for their fantastic effort and support again this year. I'm now looking forward to the winter break, spending a bit of time relaxing before training hard and getting ready for 2011 when we get back on the bike at Sepang in early February."
Position: 12th - Time: 1'33.483 - Laps: 74
"I am really happy with the way today went. To finish with a consistent pace and feeling much more comfortable on the bike, I am already excited about being back on track in Malaysia. Obviously I've got so much to learn and I'd say the biggest challenge is learning how hard you can push the Bridgestone tyres. They are completely different to what I am used to but I am making progress, pushing without taking too many risks at this stage. There's no doubt that the pace in MotoGP is unbelievable and you have to push to your maximum on every single lap. To be less than 1.5s off Stoner at my first proper test is a real boost for my confidence and I was able to do a lot of laps in the 1.33 bracket, which was race pace last weekend. I feel really at home in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and together I think we can look forward to a positive 2011."
-source: tech 3