CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM TEST Losail, Qatar Tuesday, February 7th 2006 Ambient temperature: 25.9 degrees Track temperature: 39.0 degrees Humidity: 64.6% PROGRESS CONTINUES AS PLANNED FOR CAMEL YAMAHA DUO IN DOHA Valentino Rossi and...
CAMEL YAMAHA TEAM TEST
Tuesday, February 7th 2006
Ambient temperature: 25.9 degrees
Track temperature: 39.0 degrees
PROGRESS CONTINUES AS PLANNED FOR CAMEL YAMAHA DUO IN DOHA
Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards continued the good work they began yesterday with a second day at the top of the time sheets at the desert circuit of Losail, Qatar today. Spending the majority of the day testing tyres for Michelin, Rossi and Edwards completed 60 and 76 laps respectively on their 2006-spec YZR-M1s.
Rossi was once again fastest, setting a best lap of 1'56.53 with Edwards close behind him with a time of 1'56.81. Yamaha Tech 3 rider Carlos Checa was third quickest, according to the unofficial lap times, setting a time of 1'56.95. The Camel Yamaha Team will continue for one final day of testing tomorrow whilst Yamaha Tech 3, Suzuki and the Kawasaki and Ducati test teams have finished their Qatar testing today.
VALENTINO ROSSI (1'56.53, 60 Laps)
"We managed many laps today, everything went very well and I am quite pleased. In the morning we worked mostly on settings and we have now nearly fixed the chatter we were experiencing. We made some small modifications and the bike responded quickly and it is giving me a very good feeling now. After that we worked for the rest of the day with Michelin and tested most of the tyres that they brought with them; the new things they have brought here seem to be extremely good. Our main target with them is to keep the performance level of the tyre up after 15 or 20 laps, and it seems we're improving in this area and our times were consistent throughout the day. With these new tyres and the new M1 combined we have much better stability and grip. For sure we don't have most of the other teams testing here so it's hard to judge exactly where we are, but I think anyway we can tell that we are doing okay."
COLIN EDWARDS (1'56.81, 76 Laps)
"Today has been great, I'm really happy. We got going on the new Michelin stuff after lunch and they've made some great improvements. We had some new things to try for Yamaha, but we mostly concentrated on tyres. I'm really starting to feel confident with the bike and to believe in myself again. This is my first time in MotoGP to be with the same team for two years running and it's great not to have to worry about adjusting to a new bike and team at the start of the season. It feels really good to be back with the best team and on the best bike! I can concentrate entirely on my race preparation without any distractions or worries and the new style I adapted to last season now feels totally natural. I feel like I have all the tools in place for a really good season. Tomorrow we're planning to do a long run and we have a few more tyres to test; I am sure we'll make some more progress."
JEREMY BURGESS -- VALENTINO ROSSI'S CREW CHIEF
"Everything is going well so far. The test has been successful and the weather has been good. We've been able to test everything that we wanted up to now and we've confirmed everything that we found out in Malaysia. We're proceeding well towards the first race!"
<pre> Unofficial Lap Times: 1. VALENTINO ROSSI ITA Yamaha 1'56.53 2. COLIN EDWARDS USA Yamaha 1'56.81 3. Carlos Checa SPA Yamaha 1'56.95 4. Chris Vermeulen AUS Suzuki 1'57.87 5. John Hopkins USA Suzuki 1'58.33 6. S. Ito JPN Ducati 1'58.85 7. James Ellison GBR Yamaha 1'58.98 8. Olivier Jacque FRA Kawasaki 1'59.46