2006 MotoGP Championship - Round 13 - Sepang, Malaysia - September 8/9/10 - Coverage by MCNEWS.COM.AU
Yamaha Day 3 Report
|Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino
Rossi moved another step closer to the summit of the MotoGP World
Championship today thanks to a breathtaking victory in the Malaysian
Grand Prix. After starting from pole position the Italian was part
of an entertaining battle for positions over the first half of the
race before breaking clear alongside compatriot Loris Capirossi
(Ducati). Just as they have done on so many occasions in the past,
the pair became embroiled in a cat and mouse chase that had the
43,182 spectators on their feet until the very last lap.
With half a lap of the Sepang circuit remaining Rossi dived past Capirossi for the final time, opening out a crucial advantage within the next two corners and denying his rival the opportunity to make a last-gasp pass in the final hairpin. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) clinched the final podium position in third place despite riding with an injured knee. Rossi's victory moves him up to third in the championship, four points behind the Spaniard and 26 adrift of series leader Nicky Hayden (Honda), who finished fourth.
Colin Edwards managed a top ten finish despite struggling all weekend to find the appropriate set-up for his YZR-M1 machine at this track. The Texan was up against it as he started out from eleventh on the grid after yesterday's decision to base the qualifying positions on aggregate free practice times and he struggled to make an impression after losing touch with the leading pack. The series now moves on to Australia for the second of three races in as many weekends before returning to Europe for a tantalizing double header in Portugal and Spain.
Valentino Rossi (1st; 43'07.829)
Davide Brivio - Camel Yamaha Team
Director "What an incredible day! Another great race from Valentino
and from our part all I can say is that we really enjoyed the show
but we're enjoying the 25 points even more! Valentino never gives up
and his performance today was typical of him, I think that says it
all. All our staff, from Japan to Italy and here in the paddock,
have been working incredibly hard and this is their reward.Colin had
a difficult weekend - he improved this morning but it wasn't enough.
We're pleased that we have another race in seven days' time at a
circuit both our riders like so all we can do is keep our heads
down, stay focused and do our best to hold on to this championship
in the four rounds that remain."
Carlos Checa (12th Fastest lap 2'03.466) I'm quite satisfied with the job I did today. I feel that we raced on the limit of what we have as the bike seemed a little down on power today but the tyre performance was quite constant so considering this I feel I did my best. We made no mistakes and we found some more good information for Dunlop to work with so working like this we have found something better for the remaining races James Ellison (16th Fastest lap 2'04.692) I'm very disappointed to be honest. We've been working really hard all weekend to cure this handling problem as no matter what we do we cant get enough weight on the rear of the bike to make it steer into the corner but that has been going on all year. The frustrating thing is that no matter what we try with the setup we can't get the bike to handle properly. I have to thank my team because they have been working very hard all year attempting to get the most out of the bike.
Herve Poncheral - Tech 3 Yamaha Team Director It was another interesting weekend and as I have said many times this year this is a learning year so we have to expect that we won't have perfect weekends. Today we were 30 seconds to the front and we were very consistent with the Dunlop tyres. We lack a bit of performance and stability but we are now having a lot of durability so things are improving. I'm reasonably happy and we are definitely making progress every race. Stability used to be the worst problem but this has improved a lot so now we have to find half a second for the first ten laps so then we will for sure be a lot closer with many riders in front of us.