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That is amazing.....there is 2 inches of snow here in Ohio and that made me wanna ride, badly!!!!!! The funny thing is did it appear he seemed comfortable, like loose on the bike. This is going to be an interesting year in GP.
 

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The write up.. :fact

Yamaha teams make early progress in Sepang tests

Sepang, Malaysia
24/1/2004

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team)
today completed 58 laps of the 5.548km Sepang circuit in Malaysia acclimatising
himself to an unfamiliar machine. The Italian superstar will challenge for a
fourth premier class title on the Yamaha M1 for the first time this season.

In conditions remarkably similar to those at the Grand Prix held here in
mid-October last year the 24-year-old put in a best lap time of 2m 03.80
seconds. The Italian Yamaha recruit was happy with his day's work, after
spending more than two months without riding a potent MotoGP machine.

"That was quite good," he said. "We have a lot of work to do, but the bike is
not bad at this early stage and after so much time off I need to get more
distance covered to improve things. But for a first day on a new bike things
were okay. We'll work our way through gradual changes to the chassis and engine
tomorrow."

Rossi's Crew Chief Jerry Burgess said, "We didn't really do much more than get
him familiar with the bike. It takes a while to get eye co-ordination back
after a long lay-off and we just made minor refinements to deliver what
Valentino wants from the bike. What we're looking for is information to work
out the direction we need to go in - and we're all working together in that."

Carlos Checa, Rossi's team-mate in the new Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team, put
in 53 laps and the Spanish charger requested an extra half-hour's track time at
the end of the day to get his 220bhp M1 machine further dialled-in to the
sinuous Sepang track.

"I felt more comfortable as the day went on," said Checa. "We had some
vibration at the front end in the final session though, but before that I was
quite consistent with my times." His best lap of the day was a 2m 04.10 second
lap. "We can't really expect too much on day one, but there will be more to
come tomorrow."

Checa's Crew Chief Antonio Jimenez was content with the first day's work. "That
was a normal first day," he said. "But we spent a bit of time trying to sort
out the vibration at the front end. It's not a big problem but Carlos was
consistent and we will improve tomorrow."

"Today was special for us," said Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team Director Davide
Brivio. "It was very emotional seeing the number 46 on our Yamaha and we just
tried to adjust the bike to his needs. Carlos continued his job and overall we
had a positive day. But this is just the first day."

Marco Melandri (Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 Team) couldn't tuck himself in
properly behind his M1's fairing on the two Sepang straights owing to stiffness
in his right shoulder after off-season surgery. The Italian rode 48 laps and
had to be content with a best first day's time of 2m 05.40 seconds. "I've spent
almost 100 days without riding," said the Italian. "But my shoulder should
loosen up tomorrow and I will improve. Even so I was a tenth of a second faster
than my best race lap here last year."

His team-mate Norick Abe (Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 Team) was happy enough with
a 2m 05.84s lap after completing 50 laps on his number one machine. "That's
okay for the time being," said the Japanese. "We used last year's settings on a
new chassis so it needed work to refine."

Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 Team Director Herve Poncharal is heading up a new team
with two new riders and he looked at day one of this three-day test session as
time well spent. "We did exactly what we thought we'd do, " he said. "We
improved the lap times each time out and we didn't want to push Marco too hard
too early. It's early days, but Yamaha is going in the right direction."
 

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Thx for the video!

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I think Rossi will do fine for 2004 just like Burgess predicted. He was able to do 2¡¦03.80 on the first day with a bike that he first time rode, plus he hasn't ride for more than two months. Biaggi, who was the quickest for the past few days, he was doing 2¡¦03.47 on the first day with a bike that he used to. Just give Rossi couple of days... :thumbup

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this is so damn wonderful !!!!
thank you !!!

hmm any more pics n vids ??
btw where u guys always get such latest info ?
 

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I have press access to Yamaha racing info... All of the other pictures from today had copyright info on them from the tobacco companies and couldn't be reproduced on other websites... :(

I'm sure the rest will start surfacing up soon enuff... They are doing alot more testing...
 

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:hellobye SpidermanSS, thanks, man. That was awesome! Did you notice the smile on Jeremy's face and the lack of concern around the crew. The Yammi must not be far off the mark. The Docktor is already faster than the rest. Man, can he wheelie!:jump Keep it coming.

I think I'm going spring for a MotoGP subscription.
 

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thanks for the vid Spidey!! :jump

Damn the sound of that screaming M1 engine is amazing!! :eek: :eek: :scared :scared
 

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ageismental said:
:hellobye SpidermanSS, thanks, man. That was awesome! Did you notice the smile on Jeremy's face and the lack of concern around the crew. The Yammi must not be far off the mark. The Docktor is already faster than the rest. Man, can he wheelie!:jump Keep it coming.

I think I'm going spring for a MotoGP subscription.
same here dude....thinkin of signing up too...
what are the full benefits n how much is it ? something like 20 bucks i heard...ah...cant wait
 

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I knew in the height of all this cabin fever ... this video would be RIGHT on TIME....!
 

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same here dude....thinkin of signing up too...
what are the full benefits n how much is it ? something like 20 bucks i heard...ah...cant wait
Not sure what your talking about ... lmao.. sorry.. my info comes from Yamaha Racing.. Drop me a the link to the subscription site and I'll check it out...
 

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ageismental said:
:hellobye SpidermanSS, thanks, man. That was awesome! Did you notice the smile on Jeremy's face and the lack of concern around the crew. The Yammi must not be far off the mark. The Docktor is already faster than the rest. Man, can he wheelie!:jump Keep it coming.

I think I'm going spring for a MotoGP subscription.
:yesnod

Yeah Rossi's first day lap time was very close to Biaggi's first day lap time on a bike that he has never riden before. Just give him couple of days and you'll see... :yesnod
 

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he is talking about www.motogp.com You sign up (I think its like 30 bucks a year) and you can watch live races, videos, intereviews and things like that.
hmm live races as in web stream or i can actually download the full length race as shown in tv ?
whoa..
 

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such sweetness...thanks McCoy
 

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thanks SpidermanSS, that vid dure did help get ther sleepers out of my eyes, looked like the M1 is gonna have tons of power.
 

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Thanks for the vid. I have a funny feeling Rossi will win the championship this year on the M1 :thumbup
 
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