This weekend's Czech Republic Grand Prix, at Brno, should suit Yamaha if past history is anything to go by - but, as the team admit, the 2004 M1 has 'never been very good' at circuits Yamaha has traditionally been strong on.

"In the past, especially in the two-stroke times, Brno was very good for Yamaha," began factory Yamaha team director Davide Brivio. "We also won the race with Max and the four-stroke M1 in 2002, while last year Carlos was running in the top group.

"The bike suits Brno but this year we have never been very good at circuits where Yamahas are supposed to be good!" he admitted. "Having said that, of course it seems that both (Rossi and Checa) like the track and we can go there looking forward to some good results."

Given the tightness of competition between riders and manufacturers in the 2004 MotoGP class, Brivio is also glad that a one-day Donington test - held shortly after the British GP - delivered favourable results.

"Our recent Donington session was very useful; something we had to undertake to make order out of some of the machine's settings. Really, to make more options available," he said.

"It was almost a full day making experiments and checks. It could be particularly useful if we find ourselves at some circuits with set-up problems and have to make a decision quickly," concluded the Italian.



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