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Pirelli at The WSB Valencia Test - February 8th 2005

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    Only few days before the Championship's start and some of the main actors of the new season have met for a two days test session in Valencia, Spain.

    Pirelli and the riders came here looking for both confirms and new indications for the development.

    The work of Pirelli's Technicians didn't stop all the winter long, so the Spanish track was the best place for Pirelli to test the new improvements and for the private riders to check the last tires developed in accordance to the development teams.

    After last December test, the R&D department has realized new solutions to be tested here by some of the development teams (with the 4 cylinders Honda and the Ducati). In the meantime the private riders have the chance to try the last released tyres, approved only two months ago and available for the first round in Qatar.

    Together with the new products we could assist to the debut of some great names of the Championship, like the Japanese Abe with his R1 of Yamaha France, the first laps of the new Ducati Xerox team with the World Champion Toseland and his team mate Laconi, and the Spanish Cardoso and Fonsi Nieto with his new bike, for the first time on a track after the presentation of two weeks ago.

    Unfortunately the weather made this all more difficult, with a really low temperature and an unusual rainy day for the Valencian track. Anyway nobody renounced to run some laps, even if with no trials for a lap time and most of them with rain tyres.

    Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli Moto world racing manager:

    "From the tests of November we've done a lot of work, and we wanted to test many new solutions that would be available for the first races. Today with this rain we had really a bad luck. Let's wait for tomorrow even if we have already achieved a good result being able to deliver to this guys the last improved tyres, the result of the work we made after December. Unfortunately they could use this new tyres only during the last minutes of the day.

    Anyway we go on working hard and we can see some good results. Our development teams are really fantastic partners and they allow us to present always some improvement that make this Championship more and more competitive and our products more and more reliable and performing."