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.

Haga the top R1 rider in Valencia testing

Valencia, Spain - 29/3/2006

Noriyuki Haga set the fastest Yamaha lap at a three-day official SBK practice session in Valencia, finishing sixth overall on his Yamaha Motor Italia R1, with a time of 1'35.259. He worked his way through a full testing programme and undertook an extensive evaluation of new parts and modified machine settings, in preparation for the forthcoming Valencia race on 23 April. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) set a new Superbike track best in the morning session of the final day, with a 1'33.758.

Haga, unlike most of his 27 rivals at Valencia, set his best time in the final session, held in hotter and winder conditions than the more favoured mornings, and he put it down to the incremental improvements in set-up he and his team had made from the first session on.

Yamaha find some solutions to their Jerez troubles during test

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Spain, Jerez Circuit
28/3/2006

The Camel Yamaha Team remained in Jerez yesterday for an intense afternoon of testing in an effort to find some answers to the problems they faced over the course of the season's opening weekend. Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards completed 72 and 76 laps respectively and made some positive steps towards understanding the cause of the vibration that kept their lap times down during the weekend's practice sessions and forced them to start from the fourth row of the grid for sunday's race.

Rossi, who was brought down by another rider at the first corner of the race after a lightening start, also completed one run yesterday on the 2005-specification YZR-M1, in order to compare its performance with the 2006 bike and gather more data to help the engineers find a final solution ahead of the next race.

Yamaha riders unable to shake off Jerez curse

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Round: 1 - 2006 MotoGP Jerez
Circuit: Jerez
Date: 26 March 2006
Temp: 22° C
Weather: Dry

An eventful weekend at Jerez ended in disappointing fashion today as both Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards got caught in a first corner melee that ended their hopes of glory in the opening round of the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. The Camel Yamaha Team pair made good starts from ninth and tenth on the grid respectively but a collision between Rossi and Toni Elías (Honda) on the inside of turn one saw the Italian knocked from his YZR-M1 and sent Edwards wide into the gravel trap.

Despite some damage to his bike, Rossi showed the character of a true World Champion as he returned to the track, battling his way back into the field and picking off several riders to secure two championship points in fourteenth place. Edwards, meanwhile, fought from second last to eleventh by the end of the 27-lap encounter. Victory went to pole setter Loris Capirossi (Ducati) in a race time of 45'57.733, but he was pushed hard by second-placed Dani Pedrosa (Honda) on his debut in the MotoGP class. Nicky Hayden (Honda) completed the podium.

First point for the Pramac d'Antin MotoGP team

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Sunday 26 March 2006 - Race - Circuit of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

A sunny day at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, for the first race of the season in the MotoGP World Championship, that also meant the Home Grand Prix for the Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP. ALEX HOFMANN has finished the race in 15th position, getting his first point of the season after a difficult race. The Spanish JOSE LUIS CARDOSO has concluded his first appearance in the premier-class with a retirement caused by the improvised deterioration of the rear DUNLOP cover of his DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.”.

Yamaha riders face Jerez challenge after difficult session

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Round: 1 - 2006 MotoGP Jerez
Circuit: Jerez
Date: 25 March 2006
Temp: 20° C
Weather: Dry

Camel Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards face an uphill battle in the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship tomorrow after vibration problems returned in this afternoon's qualifying practice at Jerez. After making progress with his YZR-M1 machine in yesterday's free practice, Rossi's cause was not helped by an incident early in today's session, when he became the first of five riders to end up in the gravel after oil was spilled on the track by another competitor.

The red flags were duly raised and when the pit-lane reopened both Rossi and Edwards worked against the clock to solve their difficulties ahead of tomorrow's 27-lap race. However, bad luck struck for Edwards when he suffered a puncture to his rear tyre and the American was only able to qualify tenth fastest, one place behind his Italian team-mate.

Qualifying at Jerez for Pramac d'Antin MotoGP riders

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Saturday 25 March 2006 - Qualifying Practice on the Circuit of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)

Good weather conditions for the single Official Practice session reserved to the MotoGP class riders. A session delayed of 20 minutes on the initial time schedule, because of some oil on the track let by the DUCATI DESMOSEDICI GP06 “Sat.” of ALEX HOFMANN during the first laps. Other technical difficulties didn’t allow the German to get advantage of the whole hour session at the riders’ disposal for the qualifications, AND he classified himself in 19th position and will need to do his best during the race. The Spanish JOSE LUIS CARDOSO, at his Home GP, obtained the 17th time but is still enthusiast and dreams about getting some points in front of his public.

Glamour in Pramac d'Antin MotoGP hospitality with "Arte Y Naturaleza"

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Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Saturday 25th March 2006

During the four Grand Prix that will take place in Spain and Italy (Jerez, Mugello, Catalunya and Valencia), “ARTE Y NATURALEZA” will present work of art exclusive frames, in the new PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP Hospitality. The Team is proud to announce this new collaboration, a huge occasion to introduce art, style and culture in the Engine World.
The new partner, “ARTE Y NATURALEZA”, is an important factory from Madrid specialized in the edition and trade of original graphic works, founded in the years ninety. To create its collection, “ARTE Y NATURALEZA” has always worked with high level international artists that contributed to the development of the contemporary art; consecrated artists but also young creators that enrich and encourage the freedom of the creation, and ensure a big variety of styles and painting tendencies as well. The works of art are generators of proposals, it’s about showing the art as a way to enrich the culture.

MotoGP: Rossi makes perfect start at Jerez

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Round: 1 - 2006 MotoGP Jerez
Circuit: Jerez
Date: 24 March 2006
Temp: 20° C
Weather: Dry

Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi kicked off his MotoGP World Championship defence in fine style today, setting the fastest lap time in the first free practice sessions for the opening round of the 2006 season at Jerez. After light rain showers hit the track this morning, when Rossi decided not to ride and his team-mate Colin Edwards put in just two laps, both riders were able to work without interruption in the afternoon as they aimed to iron out set-up difficulties encountered in recent pre-season tests at this circuit.

Viceroy - Pramac d'Antin MotoGP official watch

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The Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP is proud to announce the collaboration with the important brand VICEROY, a trademark from the GRUPO MUNRECO, for the entire MotoGP World Championship 2006. The GRUPO MUNRECO, founded more than 25 years ago, is a leader in the watches sector in Spain and its brands are present in every segment of consume.
Founded in Switzerland in 1951, the VICEROY brand has been bought by the GRUPO MUNRECO in the year 1982; it was then launched efficiently in the Spanish market and soon became a very competitive product with a really accurate image.

The Team PRAMAC D’ANTIN MOTOGP will be Testimonial of this prestigious trademark in the whole world, a mark chosen by famous personalities as well, like Melanie Griffith, Julio and Enrique Iglesias, but also Alejandro Sanz. The principal aim of the factory is to confirm itself in the Spanish market and expand itself in the entire world through the visibility of the MotoGP World Championship.