Yamaha team YZR-M1 2002 Spanish presentation at Barcelona

New Yamaha YZR-M1 Presentation Barcelona, Spain Thursday January 10 2002 Carlos Checa looks forward to best ever season Carlos Checa believes he can enjoy his best ever world championship season in this year's new look MotoGP series. ...

New Yamaha YZR-M1 Presentation
Barcelona, Spain
Thursday January 10 2002

Carlos Checa looks forward to best ever season

Carlos Checa believes he can enjoy his best ever world championship season in this year's new look MotoGP series. Speaking at the official Spanish presentation of the new Yamaha YZR-M1, organised by Yamaha Motor Espana and hosted at the Segura Viudas winery outside Barcelona, Checa said that he already feels totally at ease with the factory's all new 200 horsepower four-stroke.

"I can push the bike to the limits, I feel more confident with this machine than I've felt with the 500 two-stroke," said the Spaniard, who finished 6th in last year's 500 world championship and is now preparing for his fourth season with the Marlboro Yamaha Team. "I think I can do better than I did on the two-stroke, and the fact that we have continuity in the team is very important. I've always trusted Yamaha and this year I'm more confident because I have Antonio Jiminez as my crew chief. Being able to communicate in Spanish will speed things up for me."

Checa has already completed several thousand kilometres of testing on the YZR-M1, and is now in training for his first outing of 2002, at next month's team test in Spain.

New Team Director Davide Brivio has already witnessed Checa and teammate Biaggi in action on the M1 and reckons that both men have a very real chance of winning the first ever MotoGP world championship.

"I believe that we have the best combination of riders and machines, both Max and Carlos are capable of winning the championship," said Brivio, who recently took up his new post with the team, operating out of its new base near Milan, Italy. "The M1 is a new project and that means additional motivation for Carlos. I think it's going to be a great season with four manufacturers all choosing different four-stroke solutions."

The Italian presentation of the YZR-M1 follows tomorrow, Friday, with Biaggi speaking to the media at a function in Milan.

-myt-

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