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New engine gives Rossi positive feeling

New engine gives Rossi positive feeling

One of the privileged few to be running a new engine in his role as a factory rider, Valentino Rossi has been making use of only his second test since the conclusion of the 2007 season to get accustomed to his new Bridgestone-shod Yamaha M1.

One of the privileged few to be running a new engine in his role as a factory rider, Valentino Rossi has been making use of only his second test since the conclusion of the 2007 season to get accustomed to his new Bridgestone-shod Yamaha M1. The five-time MotoGP World Champion was today quicker than both his time from yesterday and his personal best from last years race, and the Italian still feels that there is room for improvement at this early stage.

Our bike is already a little faster than last year after working a little on the engine. Its not enough, I think that we have to do better, but looking at the data the bike runs a bit faster which is very positive, said Rossi after further experience with the pneumatic valve motor brought in by Yamaha for 2008.

Our target is to develop the pneumatic valve system, added Rossis Team Manager Davide Brivio. There will still be more changes before the first race were very much in the evaluation stage here- but if everything goes well then our aim is to use this system in the coming season.

Brivio also turned his attention to the new Yamaha collaboration with Bridgestone, noting that he expects neither Rossi nor the team to have too much difficulty in adapting to the new rubber.

The Yamaha engineers dont think that the new tyres require a drastically different development, so working with the setup will probably be enough.

Rossi himself had a small tyre problem yesterday, but nothing more complicated then over-riding a colder compound. Talking about the crash that resulted from the small error, he assured that his condition was not adversely affected by the incident.

It was a strange crash; I made a mistake with a new tyre. I went slow, but the flight was high. I have a pain in the neck, but after some pills and a massage I am fine.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Fiat Yamaha Team

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