MARLBORO YAMAHA TEAM PRIVATE TEST Day one of two Mugello, Italy Thursday, 10 May 2001 BIAGGI FINDS SOME SOLUTIONS ON FIRST DAY OF MARLBORO YAMAHA TESTS Marlboro Yamaha Team rider Max Biaggi today completed almost a full day of tests aboard his...
MARLBORO YAMAHA TEAM PRIVATE TEST
Day one of two
Thursday, 10 May 2001
BIAGGI FINDS SOME SOLUTIONS ON FIRST DAY OF MARLBORO YAMAHA TESTS
Marlboro Yamaha Team rider Max Biaggi today completed almost a full day of tests aboard his Yamaha YZR500, completing a total of 60 laps with a best time of 1'53.71. The test, which forms part of the Marlboro Yamaha Team's pre-arranged schedule for the 2001 season, comes at a good time for Biaggi. The four-time world champion struggled to find a good setting for last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. He eventually fought his way to 11th place after an off-track excursion mid-race.
Fine, hot weather was the norm at the picturesque Mugello circuit situated in the Tuscan hills above Florence, but a mid-afternoon downpour interrupted proceedings for an hour. Biaggi and crew chief Fiorenzo Fanali worked steadily to resolve the problem they had experienced at Jerez. "We're getting there step by step," commented Biaggi at the end of the day. "We decided not to test any new parts today but just to concentrate on the finding a better feeling. I think we've found something so I'm feeling quite positive. We know the right direction and can improve even more. We'll work on that again tomorrow and then we've also got a couple of new things to test for the Yamaha engineers. "
Biaggi was joined on the track today by Yamaha test rider Kyoji Nanba. Meanwhile, team-mate Carlos Checa arrived in Mugello this afternoon and will only test tomorrow. The Spaniard was spectacularly high-sided from his YZR during the final qualifying session at Jerez. He bravely took part in the race and managed to score two-championship point with a fourteenth place finish. Battered and bruised Checa remained in Spain to recuperate before flying to Italy.
"It was a really big crash," explained Checa. "I wasn't really feeling comfortable on the bike but just pushed too much anyway. I have pain everywhere so I decided not to come and ride today, but I'm still keen to test. I should be OK for Le Mans. Probably not 100% fit but I'll be OK to ride and hope to have a far better weekend!"