Fortuna Yamaha Conclude Testing Programme in Satisfactory Fashion - January 25th 2005
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Fortuna Yamaha riders Toni Elías and Rubén Xaus today ended their first session of preseason tests on their new Yamaha YZR-M1 machines. Elias and Xaus continued to run up the laps in tough conditions at Sepang, with circuit temperatures reaching 52ºC. However, the riders stuck to their testing programme and rode throughout the day without making too many changes to the set-up of their YZR M1 machines. Yesterday evening Elías visited the Subang hospital, where doctors diagnosed a fracture to the little finger of his right hand, suffered on Sunday. His team-mate Rubén Xaus ended his first ever test with the M1 in positive mood although he had some problems adjusting to the bike because of his height and he suffered blistering where his body rubbed against the YZR M1. The best time of the day again came from Loris Capirossi (Ducati), who was also testing in Sepang alongside several MotoGP teams. Loris set a best lap of 2 '00.54 whilst Elías (Fortuna Yamaha) managed an impressive 2'02.8 after 51 laps with his injured hand. His team-mate Rubén Xaus' best effort was a 2'04.00 after 52 laps. Toni Elías and Rubén Xaus will both return to Europe tomorrow and continue their physical training programmes ahead of the next set of tests programmed by the Fortuna Yamaha team.
Toni Elías, (2'02.80) 51 laps
"I'm really satisfied because things were tough at the start after my crash on Sunday but in the end we were able to complete the testing programme we had planned. This afternoon I was even able to do my first tyre tests with Michelin. We haven't made any major changes to the M1 although we have adjusted a few minor technical aspects. It doesn't feel quite so strange to be riding the M1 anymore although there are a few things that don't come naturally to me yet. But everything needs time and I'll adapt eventually to the bike. The tests went much better here than in Valencia, where I rode the M1 for the first time. I have to get used to test sessions as long as this one and hopefully I can keep going like this. I've really enjoyed it and I'm leaving here a happy man!"
Rubén Xaus (2'04.00) 52 laps
"Riding a bike which is so different to what I am used to has given me a few physical problems and I've suffered a few blisters as a result of the bike rubbing me. Today we concentrated on continuing to get to know the M1 because yesterday we were lapping quickly all day and this is a difficult track. You can see clearly on the telemetry that I'm giving it plenty of gas. The bike is shorter and the weight transfer is very different to the Ducati. With me not being used to the M1, I worked harder than the bike over the first two days! The relationship with the team is good although I still have to get used to the way the Japanese work. Maybe it would have been easier to ride the bike for the first time in Europe, where I've got more references. Anyway, we had to do it here and I'm very happy with the way the first test has gone with Yamaha!."
- 1 .Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 2'00.54
- 2 .Sete Gibernau (Honda) 2'01.21
- 3. VALENTINO ROSSI (Yamaha) 2'01.36
- 4. Nicky Hayden (Honda) 2'01.68
- 5. Max Biaggi (Honda) 2'01.91
- 6. COLIN EDWARDS 2'01.93