AMA: Spies happy, Yates hurt at Fontana test
Friday, 10th February 2006
Team Yoshimura Suzuki's Mat Mladin, Ben Spies and Aaron Yates completed a productive two-day test at Fontana's California Speedway yesterday, reporting satisfaction with their 2006 GSX-Rs.
The outing was, in the main, being used as final preparation for the forthcoming AMA season-opener at Daytona, with youngster Spies receiving the biggest focus as he developed his new GSX-R600.
"This was a hard test for us, but it was good," Spies admitted, "This is the first test where we've had real race suspension on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600. We've just been making little changes, taking small steps at a time. We got a decent setting today and we know what direction we need to go in to make it better."
Team-mate and multiple champion Mladin finished off the test with the fastest lap on his GSX-R1000 superbike, posting a 1min 24.448secs effort as he and his crew focused on 2005 and 2006 suspension components and engines.
"It was a good test," Mladin said, "The last time out, we put a couple of things together that we liked. We tried the 2005 and the 2006 motor and I preferred the 2006 version. This test wasn't ideal for lap times, with the wind and everything, but we found some stuff that we liked and that's what we're here for."
Unfortunately for the team, reigning AMA Superstock champion Yates was absent for the second day, having broken his right shoulder blade on the first. According to team manager Don Sakakura, however, the veteran should be healed in time for the season's first race.
"Going into a 'right–left', I got into a tank-slapper and went off over the front and landed on my shoulder," Yates, who saw doctors after the incident, explained, "But, most likely, I won't need surgery and I'll be ready for Daytona."
Last edited by R1biker; 02-10-2006 at 08:23 AM.