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Rossi emphasises margin for improvement

Rossi emphasises margin for improvement

Riding for a second day with Bridgestone tyres supporting his Yamaha M1, Valentino Rossi was focusing on rubber at Jerez yesterday.

Riding for a second day with Bridgestone tyres supporting his Yamaha M1, Valentino Rossi was focusing on rubber at Jerez yesterday. The five-time MotoGP World Champion dedicated his day to continuing the adaptation to his new tyres, something that does not appear to be proving too difficult for the Italian.

Rossi was the second fastest rider of the day, with a 140.134 lap only bettered by that of timesheet-topper Dani Pedrosa at the close of proceedings. Whilst his times were similar to those recorded this time last year on the same bike, the Fiat Yamaha rider insisted that there was more in his reserves.

The pace is not bad at all and it is similar to the one I had in the race here at the beginning of the past season, he explained yesterday evening. I could probably have done even better today with the material I had, but I kept some margin to improve tomorrow. Tomorrow we will test some more qualifying tyres and we will also make a long run.

Today we tested 2007 tyres, but tomorrow I will have some brand new tyres in order to find more grip. Of course we need to work on the bike, too; the bikes power delivery puts a lot of pressure on the tyres, so we need to make it sweeter.

Although the 28 year-old was praising in his assessment of the Bridgestone tyres, he also made note over what improvements he would like to see. These points were, however, closely linked to the increased temperatures from last week in Southern Spain.

Today we made longer runs than yesterday and our times were still consistent, which means we are working in the right direction. We still are still missing something in terms of performance, but for sure we are making improvements in terms of constancy. Bridgestone has brought quite soft tyres here to Jerez, because they expected lower temperatures, so I am sure that with some harder material we could do even better, commented the Italian ahead of todays final session of 2007.

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MotoGP, 2007

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