Yamaha Satisfied with Vallelunga Test Results Following on from a productive test session at Brno two weeks ago, the Yamaha Superbike and Supersport teams both headed to Italy this weekend for another test session, this time at Vallelunga. This...
Yamaha Satisfied with Vallelunga Test Results
Following on from a productive test session at Brno two weeks ago, the Yamaha Superbike and Supersport teams both headed to Italy this weekend for another test session, this time at Vallelunga. This circuit is new on the championship calendar for 2007 and is located just north of Rome. Built in 1959, the track was originally a sand mile oval. The most recent track alteration was in 2004 when it was extended by one kilometre to reach a total length of 4.11km. The main objective of this weekend's test was for all riders to familiarise themselves with the circuit and, working with Pirelli, find the right tyres ahead of the race there in September.
Both Haga and Corser put in a large number of laps over the two-day session in very hot conditions, laying down 120 and 106 laps respectively in order to get the most data and find the best set-up for the unknown circuit. Haga faired best on day one, taking third slot with a best time of 1:37.535 while Corser was only 0.2 seconds behind his team mate in fifth.
The second day saw the best lap times of the day set in the cooler morning practice session before the track temperature soared towards 50 C. Corser took a second of his previous day' best time and claimed third overall behind Xaus and Bayliss. Haga also managed to improve his best time but focused more on long runs than setting fast times. He ended the day in seventh with a 1:37.506 even though he is still suffering with some wrist pain since his race incident with Biaggi at Misano last month.
The Yamaha World Supersport Team ran a two-man team during this weekend's test, with the Australian Supersport rider Jason O'Halloran riding alongside permanent rider Broc Parkes. Jason O'Halloran is only 19 and is riding an R6 in the Australian Supersport Championship where he is currently lying in second place, six points behind the leader, with only one round to go. The objective for Jason and the team was to get an understanding of his set-up and riding skills as well as gather quality feedback on the YZF-R6.
Parkes put a strong performance over the weekend to take third overall with 109 laps. His best time of the whole test came in the final fourth session when he put in a 1:40.032, showing the improvement the team had made over the duration of the weekend. O'Halloran showed determination, putting in 118 laps during the weekend to finish 13th overall, although his ideal times showed that he would have been higher up the board if he hadn't been held up on one of his fastest laps.
Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"We tried everything we wanted to and have found a good set-up for here as well as some extra things like better wheelie control to help us at Brno later this month. I'm reasonably happy with my lap times. The high track temperature this afternoon made it interesting, it was about 50 degrees - and the sunshine made the track quite blistering for the tyres but I feel we found a good set-up for both cool and warm conditions. The layout of Vallelunga is quite technical, which I like though it is a bit bumpy in places. It's actually a bit of a strange layout with the first half being quite fast, while the second half is slow. It takes some getting used to and is quite challenging for the right set-up. I'm happy with what we've achieved here, though."
Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"Today's result was not as good as I would've liked, but I'm happy with the set-up information we got from the test. I did a few long runs and we started with the Brno setting, which we didn't change much over the period of the test. I quite like the circuit; it is very tricky because of the combination of banking and blind corners but that makes it good fun! I am still suffering with a bit of pain in my wrist, which is annoying and I'm keen to let it rest now before the Brno race in a couple of weeks."
Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator, Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"Both Troy and Nori have put in a lot of laps this weekend. Nori did several long runs and focused more on finding the right race tyre. He seems to be happy with his set-up now despite having some pain in his wrist towards the end of the day. We still managed to test everything we wanted. Troy did his best time on race rubber and was very happy with result. This weekend he has focused on trying different set-ups and is happy overall. We are almost there now and the whole team is very positive and confident; we are now full of enthusiasm and ready to fight at Brno."
Broc Parkes (Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"It has been a couple of good days testing. On the first day we found some speed quickly but today it was harder to make as much improvement, but I think we did well in the end. The Honda's good here but we just kept at it and got some useful data on chassis side. We just now need to put it all together for the next race at Brno. The conditions were hot and pretty much what we wanted as it's given us a good indication of what it'll be like for the race. The circuit is technical, that's for sure but I think we'll go well here, come the race."
Jason O'Halloran (Yamaha World Supersport)
"This weekend has been tough; I had a track, a bike and different tyres to learn but I think I came to terms with it all very quickly and am pleased with my progress. The team is very professional and everyone has been great at helping me find my feet this weekend. Over the course of the weekend we've made steps forward; I put in a long run today and it felt good, even though I still am not fully used to the tyres. In the Australian Supersport series there are only two or three guys consistently fast but in this championship everyone is fast. You need to be fast and good at every turn every lap which is tough. The circuit was enjoyable to ride with some fast sections. It;s very technical though; one small mistake could cost a lot of lap time."
Terrell Thien (Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"We've had a couple of good days here. We tested with Jason who proved to have lots of talent and is very professional despite his youthful age. He is keen to learn, which is always good, and I think he found it a valuable experience working in a world level team. He put in a good number of laps on the first day and provided us with some good data. He definitely has a promising future.
"Broc also had a very good test this weekend. He focused on tyre testing and put in a few long runs. He wasn't worried so much about setting the fastest lap; he was more concerned about finding the right set-up, which he did. The fast lap came with it, which is a very good sign. Broc was very consistent over the two days and I'm very pleased with his test. Overall, I am very pleased with how the weekend has gone. The track itself is tricky but that makes it a good challenge for us. It has been a good proving ground for the run up to the race."
<pre> WSB Fastest Times
1. Xaus 1'36.382 2. Bayliss 1'36.556 3. Corser 1'36.731 4. Toseland 1'36.783 5. Biaggi 1'37.440 6. Laconi 1'37.455 7. Haga 1'37.506 8. Rolfo 1'37.647 9. Kagayama 1'37.655 10. Fabrizio 1'37.817
WSS Fastest Times
1. Brookes 1'39.550 2. Sofuoglu 1'39.818 3. Parkes 1'40.032 4. Alfonsi 1'40.262 5. Charpentier 1'40.262 6. Fujiwara 1'40.275 7. Roccoli 1'40.610 8. Jones 1'40.714 9. Foret 1'40.837 10. Riba 1'40.951 11. Fores 1'41.010 12. Vizziello 1'41.041 13. O'Halloran 1'41.283
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