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Rossi already pleased with '06 M1

Rossi already pleased with '06 M1

Rossi already pleased with '06 M1

The second day of testing at Sepang was positive for Yamaha's Valenino Rossi who was pleased with the performance and handling of the prototype version of the 2006 YZR-M1.

At one point a minor incident saw him cruise back to his box with a smoking machine, but apart from that small mechanical failure it was a fruitful day for Rossi.

"The engine didn't blow up, but we changed the one we used in the morning because the feeling wasn't that good. Today we were faster, the changes we made proved useful so I'm quite happy," he explained to

"The bike we'll race in 2006 will be different from this prototype, but it's already more stable on the brakes than the 2005 version, which was a bit jittery. The power delivery is smoother and it accelerates more progressively."

"Overall, I had a pretty good feeling and we were quick with both bikes. We had done a good work on the 2005 bike so we could get good times, and today the track condition was better."

Before packing up on Wednesday evening, his team-mate Colin Edwards will also have the opportunity to test the new bike.

MotoGP, 2005, Valentino Rossi

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