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Positive Rossi raring to go

Positive Rossi raring to go

At the Fiat Yamaha season launch event in Italy on Friday Valentino Rossi gave an update on his hand injury, on the state of play with updates to his Yamaha M1 machinery and on his determination to regain the MotoGP title.

At the Fiat Yamaha season launch event in Italy on Friday Valentino Rossi gave an update on his hand injury, on the state of play with updates to his Yamaha M1 machinery and on his determination to regain the MotoGP title.

The seven time World Champion, who of course took premier class title for five seasons consecutively from 2001-2005, was disappointed to finish third behind Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa in the general standings last year and has only one thing on his mind for the forthcoming campaign.

Im very happy that were so close to the start of racing. This is a very important year for us and our only aim is to win, although its going to be hard work, he said.

Meanwhile, in reference to the injury he picked up at the end of last season, the Italian stated: My hand is much better, if not yet perfect, and Im looking forward to getting back on the bike in Sepang next week. Everyone has been working very hard over the winter and I think our new bike is quite good, although of course we still have a lot of work to do. Everyone is very motivated and I know that we have the best team there is.

Explaining the testing process for his 800cc prototype ahead of the season-opening round at Qatar in March, Rossi said: We will test with the new bike at Sepang and we will be trying new tyres, a new traction control system and new electronics. At the second test (at Phillip Island) we will have some new parts for the engine too.

Of his much publicised switch to Bridgestone tyres for 2008, The Doctor concluded simply: It is perhaps a bit of a risky decision to move to Bridgestone but I´m happy that we are doing it, as I think it will be positive for our performance.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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