Yamaha to join Honda in COTA test

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After looking at their racing budget and finding some extra money, but more likely after seeing how competitive Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were during the Sepang test, Yamaha has decided that they will join Repsol Honda in Texas for the three-day private test that Honda will be hosting at the COTA circuit next March.

Both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were insisting to go so they could work on a base set-up before the second race of the season and now they will get their wish.

Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Doviziso have also would expressed a burning desire to be present in the test, so they can have extra track time that they so desperately need, but arranging the trip and finding the extra money, which Paolo Ciabatti says can cost between a 300.000 to 350.000 Euros is a lot more difficult for the small Italian manufacturer, so they might have to settle for a testing circuit a little closer to home.

“The test at Austin right now are a ‘no,’ but the door is still open and I hope they change their mind,” said Hayden. “Without this test, we will not have a chance against Honda and Yamaha in the race. It would give us a good opportunity to learn the track and find a base set.”

Hayden and Pramac’s Ben Spies will have to wait for a later date before setting a wheel on the COTA circuit, and probably riding a Panigale and not a Desmosedici, as Ducati has scheduled the official launch of the 1199 Panigale R machine in the US, and they’ll need both their American MotoGP stars to do it.

Source | gpone.com

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