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Yamaha postpones first test of 2012 bike

After both Ducati and Honda pulled the plug on running their 2012 bikes in the post-Mugello test a week today, MotoGP's third major player Yamaha has now followed suit
The factory Yamaha outfit has revealed that it has elected to postpone the first test of its 2012 prototype until after the Czech Republic round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship at Brno later this summer.

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and team-mate Ben Spies – a first-time premier class-winner at Assen on Saturday – had been due to try out Yamaha's 2012, 1,000cc M1 at Mugello a week today, in company with Honda and Ducati, but after its two key rivals decided against running next year's bikes at the test, Yamaha has now followed suit.

The team has revealed that 'to allow for further time for the development of the bike, the decision has been made to postpone the test to a later date' – with a new outing pencilled-in for the day after the Czech Republic round at Brno in mid-August. Ducati has already used up five of its allotted eight days' testing of its 2012 bike – with Valentino Rossi running with various development parts at Assen – whilst Honda has completed two.

With all three major manufacturers having now withdrawn their 2012 bikes from the Mugello test, what had been one of the most eagerly-anticipated days of the year for MotoGP fans has now turned into something of a damp squib.

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Wake up - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 12:55 PM

"Accept that Vale and Burgess are good developers and especially with Preziosi on their side. What they did in Assen was a smart move, and Rossi was right, the previous developer of Ducati was crap! Stoner had 3 years and he didn't produced nothing. Rossi just had a few months with the Ducati and look how far he is right now." Are you serious?? Casey was 3rd in Assen last year just 7 secs off Lorenzo, Rossi was 4th and 30 secs off Spies. Casey was winning on that bike at the end of last year when he handed it over to Rossi.. Its been going backwards ever since! that bikes been going backwards

Aegis - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 12:58 PM

@ Dave Its a prototype class where new stuff gets introduced all the time, just because it’s a big visible change and something they were trying for 2012 does not mean they have infringed the rules. So long as it complies with the rules they can make any changes they want to any aspect of the chassis. Whats the betting that all the manufactures try stuff for next year and if they find it has significant impact bring its introduction forward. What the hell is wrong with trying to move forward

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