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Rossi highlights importance of fuel consumption

Rossi highlights importance of fuel consumption

The fastest rider at today's second session at Sepang, Valentino Rossi seems to have a clear idea of the best direction for the new 800cc Yamaha M1 to take. Today he focused on tyre development, but also drew some conclusions about the differences between the new prototypes and the old 990cc machines, highlighting fuel consumption as a big factor for success this season.

The fastest rider at today's second session at Sepang, Valentino Rossi seems to have a clear idea of the best direction for the new 800cc Yamaha M1 to take. Today he focused on tyre development, but also drew some conclusions about the differences between the new prototypes and the old 990cc machines, highlighting fuel consumption as a big factor for success this season.

"Today we tested some new tyres for Michelin, both front and rear. We haven't found any special improvements to the front since the last test, but for the rear we tried something interesting to improve the edge grip. I'm very happy because I think we're working in the right direction and we have definitely made improvements in this area," commented the five time MotoGP World Champion. "We have also continued to work on the stability in braking, changing the set-up in order to improve this even more. Finally today we worked on the engine mapping, as this year fuel consumption is going to be a very important factor. I am gaining more understanding of this new bike every day and I have a really good feeling with it. Tomorrow we will make a long run in order to compare with our data from the last test, and it will be interesting to see how all the improvements we've made this week make a difference to the performance of the bike over a race-distance."

Rossi's team-mate Colin Edwards, fastest yesterday, was also on the pace on day two. The Texan Tornado, renowned for his solid tyre testing work, was in his element putting the Michelins through their paces, and will join Rossi again tomorrow for a long race simulation.

"It was pretty warm today and I had to go out in the hottest part of the day to test tyres, so that was quite hard work!" commented Edwards. "Anyway, we got through a whole lot more stuff today and things are getting better and better. We tested a couple more new things for Yamaha and then did a lot of tyre work with Michelin. Looking back at the last test, just a couple of weeks ago, everything has evolved so much since then it's amazing! We've moved forward an incredible amount over just five days of testing so far this year, so that bodes well. Last time here I was doing low 2'03s comfortably, but this time I'm doing low 2'02s lap after lap and they're coming so easily, without me really having to push too hard at all. We've got a long run to do tomorrow and a few more loose ends to tie up, but we're in good shape!"

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MotoGP, 2007, Valentino Rossi

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