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Rossi happy despite missing pole

Rossi happy despite missing pole

Rossi happy despite missing pole

Valentino Rossi reflected positively on the first day of qualifying at the Marlboro Malaysian Grand Prix despite being relegated from provisional pole position to third place by Makoto Tamada and Sete Gibernau right at the end of the session.

"It was finally quite a good day," said Rossi, who set a best time of 2'02.700. "We had some problems this morning and I couldn't get the best from the bike. We have changed a lot of things since we tested here in February, the set-up is quite different now.

"But the work we did this afternoon went well. I made a good lap. I'm third, which is quite a good position and I hope to improve even more tomorrow morning.

"I only managed to use one qualifying tyre, I hope to have the possibility to use more tomorrow. I feel motivated and concentrated and we will continue the set-up work tomorrow morning."

Rossi's team-mate Carlos Checa had the misfortune to run off and crash with only a few minutes of the session completed, running back to pit lane to use his spare machine. He returned to the fight to secure tenth fastest time, after struggling to find a good machine balance on his less favoured bike.

"I did not see that there was a wet area on the track and that's why I fell so early in the session," said Checa, who clocked a best lap of 2'04.245. "It was a slow one but I just lost the front wheel immediately. I had a dark visor on, and that did not help.

"There were no flags, and that was a mistake from the marshals. If some part of the track is wet, and another dry, we should have information. I went out on my second bike but I did not have the correct rhythm and timing, especially under braking and when leaned over. The balance was not right. So we have to try to do better tomorrow."


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