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Early ending to Jerez test for Rossi

Early ending to Jerez test for Rossi

After a sparkling start to his three days of 2007 winter testing, during which he bettered his pace from that of this time last year, today Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi was a somewhat sore figure due to the intense pressure put on his still-tender hand.

After a sparkling start to his three days of 2007 winter testing, during which he bettered his pace from that of this time last year, today Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi was a somewhat sore figure due to the intense pressure put on his still-tender hand.

The Italian elected to draw his final testing day of the year to an early conclusion this afternoon, after a 32 lap stint at the Jerez circuit. Rossi was unable to match his 140.134 fastest lap from yesterday and, sensing that preservation would be a better option than forcing the issue, decided to depart from the Spanish track just before 3pm local time.

Citing his hand as a key factor in the decision, the five-time MotoGP World Champion also emphasised the quick turnaround in his recovery from a series of fractures.

´Today was quite difficult because I´m still not 100% fit, I don´t have enough strength in the right hand on the brakes and it´s quite painful, he noted. I broke my hand just a month ago and couldn´t train, so I just didn´t have enough strength today and we decided it was better to stop early! After all, I was just not fast enough today.´

The factory Yamaha rider has been testing with a Bridgestone-shod M1 for the first time this week, after switching rubber at the end of the season. Initial impressions have been good, even though the Jerez test has been dominated by Michelin riders.

´It´s a positive change, it gives me extra motivation and it´s a bit like starting again from scratch, said Rossi as he got set to leave for his winter break. We saw this year that the Bridgestone tyres potential was very, very good and we hope to go faster next year with Yamaha.´

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MotoGP, 2007

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