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Toseland, Crutchlow lament chatter problems

Problems with chatter prevent both James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow from breaking into the top ten during testing in Australia
James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow remain in an upbeat mood following the final pre-season World Superbike test ahead of the opening round this week, despite finding themselves outside the top ten.

Both riders are tipped to shine at the Phillip Island curtain raiser this coming weekend, but their hopes of send a warning signal out to rivals during testing were hampered by persistent chatter problems on the Yamaha Sterilgarda R1.

Having focused on set-up during the opening day, neither Toseland nor Crutchlow would break into the top ten on day two, with the former ending the test 12th and the latter in 17th position.

Despite this, Toseland and Crutchlow are looking forward to the opening round, adding that they are confident the team will solve its issues in good time.

“It's been a solid two days of testing working on the new bike,” he said. “I still have some chatter problems as does Cal. The guys are going to go through the data and see what they can come up with for us over the next couple of days.”

“We worked through a lot of stuff, unfortunately it's not all worked yet,” Crutchlow added. “If we can get going in the right direction over the next couple of days for both of us then we can move forward. I'm looking forward to race weekend as always and will do the best job I can.”



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February 22, 2010 2:30 PM

From what I remember, the R-1's had chatter issues last year, as well. It would appear that Spies just rode through it. Yamaha never was the best bike on the grid.



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