Fortuna Yamaha Continue Test Programme at Sepang - January 24th 2005
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Fortuna Yamaha riders Toni Elías and Rubén Xaus continued their testing programme at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia today as planned. Weather conditions were again on the side of the Spanish pair, who were able to spend the majority of the day racking up the kilometres and learning more about their Yamaha YZR-M1 machines. The best time of the day was again set by Loris Capirossi (Ducati), who is also testing alongside several other MotoGP teams in Sepang. Loris set a quickest lap of 2'01.9, whilst Toni Elías (Fortuna Yamaha) clocked 2'03.2 after 51 laps despite the injury to his right hand, suffered yesterday. His team-mate Rubén Xaus set a best time of 2'03.4 after 62 laps, having crashed early in the session without injury. Toni Elías and Rubén Xaus will complete their third and final day of tests tomorrow before returning to Europe.
Toni Elías, (2'03.20) 51 laps
"Much better! Yesterday we were basically riding to get used to the M1 and solve a few aspects related to the bike and my physical condition. Today we were able to adjust the engine braking a little more and the suspension, which helped me to feel much more comfortable on the M1. All that with my injured little finger! It hurts a lot and to be honest this morning I thought I would only be able to manage a couple of laps. The company that makes my gloves came up with something that allowed me to go out and ride and my right glove is actually two sizes bigger than my left! In general I feel really at home with the team. Nobody is putting pressure on me and bit by bit we're getting better - tomorrow hopefully more so!"
Rubén Xaus (2'03.40) 62 laps
"In the afternoon everything went much better. With not knowing the M1 and everybody wanting to try different things - especially me - we got a bit lost. After the crash the Yamaha engineers came to the box and told us to start from scratch again. It was the right decision because in the afternoon I felt much more comfortable and the M1 ran much better, allowing me to set the lap of 2'03.4. I carried on riding without really testing anything because the most important thing right now is to adapt and get to know the YZR M1".