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Yoshikawa looking to 'develop' Yamaha in Catalunya

The Yamaha test rider gets Valentino Rossi's FIAT Yamaha M1 in Barcelona as he begins his stint as the Italian's much vaunted replacement.
Wataru Yoshikawa is looking forward to making what will be only his second career MotoGP race having been offered to chance to ride Valentino Rossi's vacant FIAT Yamaha M1.

While the likes of Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards were originally mooted, the Yamaha test rider would turn out to be a surprise choice, with the team favouring the chance to keep developing the M1 in a racing environment.

While the Japanese rider admits he faces a steep learning curve around circuits he has not visited before, he is excited about the opportunity to ride the championship-leading bike in Spain.

"I'm excited about riding the M1 in Spain this week, even if I'm very sorry for Valentino's injury. I have only ridden in a MotoGP race once, at Motegi in 2002, and this is the first time I have ridden at the Montmeló (Barcelona) track.

“We can see from the team's results this season that Yamaha did a good job with the winter development of the M1 and I am sure that these few races I will contest now will be extremely helpful for the future development of our bike."



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fan - Unregistered

June 29, 2010 3:38 PM

The other riders that were in contention are more concered about thier current championship. The bike is under contract to run, why not put the guy who does the testing to give him more to test. With Jorge on a roll and Spies showing good form, Yamaha doesn't need a contendor on the bike.

DrifterJake

June 30, 2010 6:25 AM
Last Edited 2354 days ago

@RawDaw, "If anyone was good enough to sub and put in a good result THEY WOULD ALREADY HAVE A JOB IN GPs!!!!!!!!" Tell me smart @ss, do you think Kalio, Bautista, Edwards and some of the other back markers would be faster than Biaggi on equal equipment? :?



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