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Yamaha riders rule at Italian championship season opener Feb. 19, 2007

Yamaha's main contenders for the MX1 and MX2 world titles proved to be ready for the upcoming challenge by winning both heats in both MX1 and MX2 classes at the first Italian championship race held at Montevarchi in dry, but cloudy conditions.

Yamaha Motocross Team MX1 star J. Coppins and A. Cairoli of Team Yamaha de Carli competing in MX2 had to ride hard for their moto victories, resisting pressure from several world title contenders including their team mates and other fellow Yamaha riders. Particularly in MX2 the dominance of YZ250F riders was striking with the top six in the overall day result being Yamaha mounted.

The Yamaha Motocross Team does not intend to compete in all the races of the Italian championship, but saw the race at the Montevarchi track as a good opportunity to work on the setting of their YZ450FM for hard packed tracks. Team manager C. Rinaldi was happy with the progress made; "The Montevarchi track is a good place to develop the hard track set up before we start the world championship. We made good progress this weekend and we hope to finalize the hard track set up next week at Valence, after which we will move up north to Belgium to start testing and develop the sand set up."

"I'm happy to see that both riders are competitive and content with the bike as we have it now. The setting between Josh and Marc is not as different as one may expect. Of course the riders have some different requests and Marc may look more aggressive on the bike, but actually there is not much difference in how our riders work the engine and control the throttle."

"Overall we are very confident and our preparations go smoothly. In moto one Josh had to work hard for the win with Philippaerts and Nemeth, but in race two it was easier for him. It was good to see that Josh had both hole shots. Marc isn't far behind either, I hope we can have a good test session in Belgium to give Marc a flying start come the first race in sandy Valkenswaard, his home track."

The Yamaha Motocross Team joins most of the other top teams coming weekend at the second big international preseason race at Valence, France.

MX1 overall result

Pos. Rider Machine
1 J. Coppins Yamaha
2 D. Philippaerts KTM
3 K. Nemeth Suzuki
4 M. De Reuver Yamaha
5 C. Melotte Aprilia
6 A. Meo Honda
7 M. Priem TM
8 C. Beggi WRM
9 A. Salvini Yamaha
10 A. Bartolini Yamaha

MX2 overall result

Pos. Rider Machine
1 A. Cairoli Yamaha
2 K. Gundersen Yamaha
3 D. Guarneri Yamaha
4 M. Monni Yamaha
5 N. Aubin Yamaha
6 J. Tarroux Yamaha
7 D. Philippaerts Honda
8 M. Bonini Yamaha
9 F. Neugebauer Kawasaki
10 P. Gaultier Honda

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