"CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA" ,7 to 8th of September, 2000 TEAM REPSOL YPF HONDA: POSITIVE TESTING FOR 2001 On the second day of the 2-day test held at the Catalunya circuit, Alex CrivillÃ© has been satisfied with his results. The Â¹99 500cc world ...
"CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA" ,7 to 8th of September, 2000
TEAM REPSOL YPF HONDA: POSITIVE TESTING FOR 2001
On the second day of the 2-day test held at the Catalunya circuit, Alex Crivillé has been satisfied with his results. The ¹99 500cc world champion has been the only of the three Repsol YPF Honda riders testing at Montmeló together with other riders in the class: Alex Barros, Loris Capirossi (from the Emerson Honda Pons team) and Valentino Rossi.
Crivilllé has continued to work on the 2001 bike, basically focusing on some frame modifications and new carburettors in order to discard things with enough time for the coming season. Today he has set a best lap time of 1¹47.0, slower than the fast time established on Thursday: 1¹46.9. Alex Barros¹s pole position time for the Catalunya GP held last June was 1.45.914.
As a Honda responsible had said the day before the main reason for this test has been "not wanting to wait until winter to begin looking for set-ups".
The Spanish rider is in high spirits after this: "We¹ve been testing and comparing many different things for the 2001 and I must say I¹m very happy about the job done by Team Repsol YPF Honda. Once again, we¹ve focused on a new chassis and new carburettors. All in all, I think we¹ve given a step forward compared to last year because we¹ve had the chance to test new components before the end of this season. I¹m really looking forward to doing well in Valencia and forget about other thingsŠI think I still owe it to my fans there!"
After this, Team Repsol YPF Honda members, will be going to Valencia which hosts grand prix number thirteen and last in European ground- next weekend.
<pre> DAY 1 (7/9) Unofficial practice times Alex Barros 1¹46.6 Alex Crivillé 1¹46.9 (76 laps to the circuit) Loris Capirossi 1¹47.3 Valentino Rossi 1¹47.5
DAY 2 (8/9) Unofficial practice times Alex Barros 1¹46.4 Valentino Rossi 1¹46.6 Loris Capirossi 1¹46.9 Alex Crivillé 1¹47.0 (68 laps to the circuit)