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Rossi upbeat despite missing out on BMW prize

Rossi upbeat despite missing out on BMW prize

Valentino Rossi rode his Fiat Yamaha YZR-M1 to second place in the BMW M Award qualifying shootout on the second day at the MotoGP Official Test at Jerez today, but despite the bad weather disrupting the day's proceedings and his rival Casey Stoner's success the Italian was positive about his own work.

Valentino Rossi rode his Fiat Yamaha YZR-M1 to second place in the BMW M Award qualifying shootout on the second day at the MotoGP Official Test at Jerez today, but despite the bad weather disrupting the day's proceedings and his rival Casey Stoner's success the Italian was positive about his own work.

After celebrating his 29th birthday on Saturday, Rossi seized the opportunity to ride in the wet for the first time on Bridgestone tyres on Sunday, gathering crucial information for his team and new tyre suppliers.

Having only had the morning to get used to his new tyres in the rainy conditions, Rossi finished the ‘BMW qualifying session' in second position behind Stoner, with a best lap of 1'50.580, afterwards stating his contentment at his performance.

"So I didn't win the car, but I tried and it just wasn't possible," said Rossi. "I'm still happy because second position is a good result and today for me is the first day in the wet on Bridgestones. We still have to work on the bike but step-by-step we are getting close. There is still work to do."

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MotoGP, 2008

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