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Further F1 improvement for Rossi, but with his eyes firmly on MotoGP

Further F1 improvement for Rossi, but with his eyes firmly on MotoGP

Further F1 improvement for Rossi, but with his eyes firmly on MotoGP

Seven time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi has concluded his third day of F1 tests in Valencia, onboard the Ferrari F2004 with which he took to the track alongside regular Formula One drivers.

Although familiar with the Valencia circuit on two wheels, Rossi had a far from excellent first day, spinning off after ten corners before the test was suspended due to poor weather. Yesterday he fared better, putting in a respectable 1´12.856 lap to place him ninth. Today he improved still further during his 54 laps in the depotencialised V10 Ferrari, especially when you compare his 1´12"316 lap with "teammate" Felipe Massa´s time in the V8 version, 1´12"1. Official times placed him 1.4 seconds off fastest driver Fernando Alonso.

Rossi did however make it clear that after the diversion of the day´s tests he was now channelling his commitments fully towards preseason preparation for MotoGP with Yamaha.

"It is satisfying, but now comes the turn of the bike, which is my priority for this year. I must focus on the MotoGP World Championship, just like Ferrari must focus on their Championship" Rossi now heads to Losail for the Qatar Test.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, Valentino Rossi

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