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Rossi optimistic after last-minute adjustments on the bike

Rossi optimistic after last-minute adjustments on the bike

Rossi optimistic after last-minute adjustments on the bike

Gauloises Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards both made interesting progress on the final day in Catalunya test. After setting the second best time in the official 40 minutes session, Rossi was finally able to close the gap to Honda rivals Gibernau and Biaggi.

The current world champion highlighted the improvements carried out in the last session and was satisfied with the adjustments on the bike. `I'm happy because we did a great job here today during the test. Yesterday and Friday we had some problems and we didn't really understand why. We tried a different path but it wasn't right. Today was much better. I made a small mistake in my hot lap in the qualifying session and I was second, but anyway I feel much happier. The bike was better to ride and felt good on the race tyres. It's fun to ride again, which is an important thing for me. We've still got a lot of work to do so hopefully we can continue in the same way at Jerez and find a good base setting for the circuit´, said the Doctor.

Colin Edwards is looking forward to Jerez in order to continue bike set-up. `I'm not disappointed with today but I have to say I'm not totally happy either. The main focus of the day was to run through a whole bunch of stuff that we could then either eliminate or proceed with. That's what these tests are for and from that point of view it was positive. We've also done a lot of work on the tyres and at the moment I would say we've got a top five bike on our hands. Next week we've got to keep working, test a bunch more settings and make sure we've got a number one bike in time for the first race´.

‘After a lot of hard work Valentino finally came up with a good set-up which allowed him to ride the bike as he wants to and start enjoying himself again,' reflected Team Director Davide Brivio. ‘Colin had already found a good base set-up over the first couple of days and today we tried a few things to refine it even more, although we don't want to change too much from what he already has. It will be interesting when we get to Jerez next week because we will find out if it is a good, consistent setting that will serve him for the whole season. Next week's test will be crucial because we have to make absolutely sure we are ready for the start of the season.'

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MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi

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