FIAT YAMAHA TEAM COMPLETE IMPORTANT TYRE TEST IN CATALUNYA2007-06-11 10:42
After a gruelling fortnight of back-to-back races, there was one final day's work left for the Fiat Yamaha Team today as they completed a day of tyre testing at Montmelo. Despite having had little time to recover from their efforts during yesterday's spectacular MotoGP race, Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were nonetheless back out on their M1s under the sweltering Spanish sun for a full day's work, concentrating exclusively on testing a variety of tyres for Michelin. Today was especially important as it was the last time the team will test until after Brno in August, by which time they will have completed five more races.
The unofficial fastest time of the day was set by John Hopkins on a qualifying tyre, who posted a lap of 1'41.40. Rossi completed 77 laps and was fourth fastest in a time of 1'42.72 whilst Edwards set a best lap of 1'43.41, putting him 12th fastest after 82 laps.
The team and riders now have a ten-day break in which to recharge their batteries before the next pair of races, firstly at Donington in the UK, where Rossi lives, and then at Assen in Holland.
"Today with Valentino and Colin we've concentrated entirely on tyre testing with Michelin; that was the main target of today and really the only job we've done. We've done quite a lot of testing over the last few weeks, after Le Mans and then also here and we've given a huge amount of information to Michelin and improved each time. Le Mans was a very important test and put us in good shape for Mugello but of course there's always room for improvement and that was the aim of today's test. We tried working in a slightly new direction today with both riders and it seems to be working well, we're pleased with the day's work. Of course when you're working at this level the improvements and changes are only very small but they're always important and this is why we keep on working so hard. We also had a test rider here today, Andrew Pitt, so that we could test additional tyres and get even more information. We're really making every effort in this area together with Michelin so we have to thank them for their hard work. Now we have some time to rest, which everyone really deserves after such a hard two weeks, and then we'll go to Donington and see how we get on there!"
Source: Fiat Yamaha Team
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