Curtain and Parkes in the vanguard again

Valencia, Spain - 29/3/2006

Yamaha Motor Germany riders Broc Parkes and Kevin Curtain spent three fruitful days on track at Valencia, in what was a well-attended official SBK test. Of the 29 riders present, Curtain set the second best time, with Parkes's 1'38.443 putting him fourth overall. Quickest rider was Sebastien Charpentier (Honda). The Yamaha Motor Germany squad had one new front and one new rear control tyre to test on their new-for-2006 R6s, and an updated specification of engine management settings, each of which was deemed to be a real improvement. The team will receive another new batch of tyres for the forthcoming Misano official test, on 12 and 13 April.

Massimo Roccoli finished the three days fifth fastest, with Gianluca Vizziello 11th. Reigning FIM Superstock 1000 champion Didier van Keymeulen was 17th on his R6.

Kevin Curtain - Yamaha Motor Germany
"I'm glad we managed to squeeze in those last five minutes, because we had just to make one more small test to decide what tyres we should have for the Valencia race. We have to work on a few little things, because I am still scraping the fairing sides at full lean, especially on the right hand side. I'm even touching the engine down sometimes. I'm sure we can sort something out, and otherwise we're pretty happy. Testing is always a never-ending struggle to get everything just right, but we're getting there."

Broc Parkes - Yamaha Motor Germany
"We made this a worthwhile test. We tried a lot of things, and in the afternoon session we found something better with the set-up. The bike is so new and we're finding that there is still a fine line to walk to find a good set-up. Maybe later in the year we can predict how the bike is going to react from track to track, but at the moment we started this Valencia test with the settings from Phillip Island and had to change them quite a lot."

Official Valencia Test WSS
Circuit: Valencia
Circuit Length: 4005km
Lap Record: 1' 38.874 (Alessio Corradi, 2003)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1' 34.1 (Sebastien Charpentier, 2006)
Date: 27 - 29 March 2006
Temp: 26ÂșC

1 Charpentier S. Honda FRA 1'37.437
2 Curtain K. Yamaha AUS 1'37.897
3 Sofuoglu K. Honda TUR 1'37.989
4 Parkes B. Yamaha AUS 1'38.443
5 Roccoli M. Yamaha ITA 1'38.572
6 Zaiser C. Ducati AUT 1'38.756
7 Harms R. Honda DNK 1'38.916
8 De Angelis W. Honda ITA 1'38.970
9 Veneman B. Suzuki NED 1'39.137
10 Tiberio Y. Honda FRA 1'39.144
11 Vizziello G. Yamaha ITA 1'39.264
12 Andersen K. Suzuki NOR 1'39.277
13 Stigefelt J. Honda SWE 1'39.354
14 Tunstall T. Honda GBR 1'39.524
15 Fores J. Yamaha SPA 1'39.628
17 Van Keymeulen D. Yamaha BEL 1'39.716
20 Peris C. Yamaha CAN 1'40.584
22 Enjolras J. Yamaha FRA 1'40.738
24 Velini A. Yamaha ITA 1'40.780
26 Forner Garcia D. Yamaha SPA 1'41.261
27 Ivanov V. Yamaha RUS 1'41.461
29 Berta A. Yamaha ITA 1'42.026