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Rossi flying high despite bad luck for bird

Rossi flying high despite bad luck for bird

Rossi flying high despite bad luck for bird

Valentino Rossi got into a flutter on the second day of tests at Phillip Island on Friday, although it had nothing to do with the record pace being set by Honda rival Sete Gibernau.

The reigning World Champion hit a seagull on his way out of pit-lane and was forced to return for the feathers to be plucked out of his Yamaha before returning to the track and completing another day of positive progress with the 2005 version YZR-M1.

"I hit a bird as I was exiting the pit lane today and it went into my airbox; it fell out half way round the track and when I returned to the pit garage there were just some feathers left!" explained Rossi. "I'd just like to say that I'm very sorry for the bird!

"We did a lot more tyre work today and also a long run, which I was quite happy with. I did some fast laps and it was an improvement on the race last October.

"We still need to make some changes to the chassis setting, as there's something not quite perfect at the moment; tomorrow we will concentrate on this.

"Some other riders have managed to be very fast today with laps under 1'30; I didn't manage this, but maybe if we can make some small improvements tomorrow I might be able to. We will see!"

Rossi also added his personal disappointment at the cancellation of the Rio Grand Prix, having crashed out of last year's race to taint an otherwise happy relationship with the Nelson Piquet circuit that included winning his second MotoGP title there in 2002.

"Many people are talking about the news that the Grand Prix in Rio has been cancelled this year, and I'm sorry not to be able to go back there because I didn't finish the race there last year, and it would have been good to have ended it on a high note."

Rossi's American team-mate Colin Edwards, who finished fourth at the race here last October, completed 78 laps with a best time of 1'30.60, just a fraction of a second faster than his final qualifying time for the same race.

"We continued working on bike set-up and we've found some really good improvements and solutions to some of our problems," said Edwards. "We'll continue to check these tomorrow.

"I did a long run today and we also did more tyre testing; I think we've done a really good job with Michelin during these tests.

"Tomorrow we'll work to complete what we've started and hopefully we'll be able to leave on a positive note. I'm looking forward to a bit of a rest before the next test!"

Gauloises Yamaha Team Director Davide Brivio added: "Today the riders both did a long run and many laps throughout the day. We did a lot more work for Michelin, which is really important at the moment.

"Tomorrow we will conclude our activities for this test and we are pleased with what we've done so far. However it will be good to come back again in just over two weeks to continue our pre-season work."

MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi

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