Last week, 2000 World Supersport Champion Jorg Teuchert and team-mate Christian Kellner of the Yamaha Germany team performed the roll-out tests of the new fuel-injected YZF-R6 in Almeria, Spain.

"Foremost we intended to test the functionality of the bike and gather information," explained Teuchert [pictured].

"The new R6 is more like a proper race machine than its predecessor, and I really like the changed riding position, I finally know where to put my head!" added the 182 cm tall German.

Now fully recovered from his huge Assen crash last September, Kellner was keen to get on a bike again, after an operation on his shoulder and many hard hours in the gym regaining strength for the 2003 campaign.

"I had no problems with my shoulder what so ever," Kellner declared. "We rode many laps because we run a new suspension package of White Power and Dunlop gave us no less the 16 rear tyres to try."

The successful Almeria test session convinced Yamaha Germany's Team manager Terrell Thien that he has a winner on hands with the new R6.

"We planned half a day for finding the perfect riding position. But both riders were going pretty fast already after five laps and commenced setting-up the chassis," said Thein. "The test ran without a glitch. We have come very far already in our preparations and I'd like to commend our mechanics for all the hard work they put in."