The Marlboro Yamaha Team's YZR-M1s will benefit from an impressive range of upgrade parts this weekend, with Marlboro Yamaha Team director Davide Brivio claiming he's "amazed" at the amount achieved during the mid-season break.

A new fairing and modified chassis are available to Max Biaggi and Carlos Checa at Brno, and both men intend to make the best use of the new package around this challenging, high-speed circuit.

Aside from Japan's one-week summer holiday, Yamaha engineers have been working to maintain the amazing momentum they've built up with the ever-improving M1. The machine has benefited from a constant flow of development parts that have made it a at match, if not better, than all but the Honda RC211V - but the gap to Rossi's machine seems to be closing.

Back in June, Biaggi scored the bike's first pole position at Catalunya, and the Marlboro Yamaha Team currently holds second place in the MotoGP team's league table. Good results from both riders at Brno would be the best-possible start to the year's final run of seven GPs.

Riders need plenty of everything at Brno - plenty of horsepower, plenty of chassis performance and plenty of commitment for the circuit's sweeping turns and esses, many of which feature adverse-camber entries. These are three reasons why the team will stay on to test at the majestic Czech venue after the GP.

"Yamaha have been working very hard to give us many new parts, it's amazing what they've achieved," says Marlboro Yamaha Team director Davide Brivio. "Although we've had a month's break from racing, the race department has been as busy as usual, apart from their one-week holiday. We have new parts for Brno. But, as with anything new, we need to wait and see how everything works when we get it to the track. We weren't able to test these parts because testing has not been allowed in August during the run-up to this race."

Yamaha's latest efforts should give the YZR-M1 an all-round boost. "We have a modified chassis, with different rear-shock pivot, to give us the extra suspension movement we've been looking for," reveals project leader Ichiro Yoda. "We also have a new fairing, for less drag and better cooling. We hope the M1 will be good at Brno, the bike's performance through downhill sections is good, and that's important at this track."

Brivio and his entire crew are looking forward to this tenth race of the season. "I think the holidays have been good for all of us," he adds. "Our riders have been able to relax, clear their minds and thus arrive at Brno with renewed energy for the final seven races.

"Both have been very fast and consistent at recent Grands Prix and I'm sure we can expect them to continue fighting for the M1's first win," he concluded.



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