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Rossi gives first impressions after initial Bridgestone test

Rossi gives first impressions after initial Bridgestone test

"My first comment about the tyres is positive, and this has definitely been a positive day for us in terms of times and my feeling with the bike."

"My first comment about the tyres is positive, and this has definitely been a positive day for us in terms of times and my feeling with the bike."

Such was Valentino Rossi's initial reaction after finally trying out the Bridgestone tyres with which he will undertake the 2008 season. The five-time MotoGP World Champion had missed out on previous tests in Valencia and Sepang with a hand injury, and yesterday made his winter debut onboard the 2007 Yamaha M1 to ‘get to grips' with the new rubber. His opening times were promising, a 1'40.415 lap placing him third on the timesheets behind Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.

"My pace was not bad at all, even though my hand is still hurting, especially in braking," explained the Italian, who suffered fractures in a tumble before the race in Valencia

"Let's say that I am at 90% fitness! I am happy with the choice I have made and I have great motivation for the task. Today it was also clear that there is a very high level of concentration from all the team members and this gives me even higher motivation, if possible. We have two more days, so it is not time for a final comment, but I am happy with the first day," he continued, before hailing the return to the Yamaha garage of the head of the factory's MotoGP project.

"Furthermore, Furusawa-san is here, and this gives an idea of Yamaha's commitment to improve and to return to the top. Let's see how it goes tomorrow and let's hope it can be even better than it was today."

More of Rossi's reflections on the first day of testing in Jerez can be seen on motogp.com.

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MotoGP, 2007

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