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Mar 14, 2002

Red Bull Yamaha Concludes Two-day Test At Valencia

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Red Bull Yamaha concluded a two-day test at Valencia Thursday.<BR><BR>American John Hopkins and Frenchman Jean-Michel Bayle rode the team's YZR500 Yamahas.<BR><BR>Hopkins took 0.4-second off his previous-best lap time at Valencia on the first day despite cold conditions, but then highsided late in the day on a new tire and rang his bell. Hopkins sat out the second day of testing with a headache.<BR><BR>Bayle is being considered as a test rider/replacement rider for the team, although nothing had been finalized at the end of the test.<BR><BR>The team expects Garry McCoy to be ready to race at the first round of the 2002 MotoGP World Championship, at Suzuka, Japan on April 5-7.