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Rossi brushes off Sepang crash

Rossi brushes off Sepang crash

Working with the 2008 Yamaha M1 that had been unveiled just last Friday in Turin, Valentino Rossi began his testing schedule in earnest on a humid Tuesday in Sepang.

Working with the 2008 Yamaha M1 that had been unveiled just last Friday in Turin, Valentino Rossi began his testing schedule in earnest on a humid Tuesday in Sepang. The factory rider had only been present at one test since the end of the 2007 season, having injured his hand at Valencia and missing all but the final outing in Jerez.

Sixth fastest after putting in a lap of 2'02.490, the Italian had a positive start to the year as he continued working with material from new tyre supplier Bridgestone and this year's pneumatic valve engine. It was not all good news for the five-time MotoGP World Champion, however, as he suffered a crash on an out lap that represented a slight setback, although he walked away unscathed.

"It feels good to be back on the bike after the winter break, and me and all my team are feeling very motivated about the task ahead," said Rossi before offering an assessment of his condition.

"I still have some pain in my hand, but I had it checked out again last week and the fracture is okay, so I know it's not a problem to ride. Today we continued where we left off with Bridgestone and it seems we're making good progress; we did many laps with the same tyre and I'm pleased with things so far.

"Unfortunately I had a crash today; I was on an out lap and maybe I pushed a little bit too hard, too soon, with not enough temperature in the tyre and I lost the front. Luckily I was not hurt, my hand is okay and I was able to continue with the day's work! As well as tyres we tried a new-spec engine and I was quite pleased with this, as well as with some new electronics. The surface wasn't good today and it wasn't possible to go so fast but I hope tomorrow it will improve and we will be able to keep improving in all areas."

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MotoGP, 2008, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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