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Rossi and Edwards disappointed and embarrassed by Friday practice

Rossi and Edwards disappointed and embarrassed by Friday practice

Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were left languishing in 16th and 14th position respectively after the first two practice sessions for the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards were left languishing in 16th and 14th position respectively after the first two practice sessions for the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The duo both suffered from a lack of front end grip, a common complaint from most riders on the MotoGP grid, and gave a damning appraisal of their opening day at the Sepang circuit.

Today has been very hard work for us and its very disappointing for me to be here, at one of my favourite tracks where we know our bike goes well, in 16th position! said Rossi, at a loss as to why the M1 suffered more than other bikes on track. We dont have any grip, especially in front, and we were very slow today. Weve tried a lot of tyres and different settings but so far we havent been able to make much progress. The new asphalt is not so good but we cant blame this because other riders dont seem to have the same problems as we do. We need to find some way to improve things and make the difference for tomorrow, so now we will have a meeting tonight and try to come up with some ideas. Hopefully it will be dry tomorrow because the rain makes it even harder!

Today was pretty embarrassing to be honest! added team-mate Edwards. Michelin have brought me a rear tyre that I know works for me here and theres no problem with that, but unfortunately Ive got no grip or confidence in the front. Its not for lack of trying, Im riding pretty hard out there, but we havent been able to fix it yet. The new surface doesnt feel good at all, it seems very inconsistent to me, and this is just making things harder. Hopefully itll improve as more rubber gets laid down tomorrow. We need to have a good look at things tonight and start over again tomorrow.

Rossi can this weekend confirm his second place in the MotoGP World Championship, but the man whom he leads by 29 points, Dani Pedrosa, has had a far more promising start to his Malaysian visit than the Italian.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, Valentino Rossi

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