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Rossi expects Qatar competitiveness

Rossi expects Qatar competitiveness

The highest placing Bridgestone rider on the final day of the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez, Valentino Rossi was one of the competitors involved in a late wave of qualifying tyre laps dominated by Michelin-shod machines.

The highest placing Bridgestone rider on the final day of the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez, Valentino Rossi was one of the competitors involved in a late wave of qualifying tyre laps dominated by Michelin-shod machines.

The Italian did not test his preferred qualifying rubber, with the expectation of using it in the final test of the preseason at Losail in nine days time, but nonetheless clocked a respectable 1'39.568 lap at the Spanish circuit to draw to a close a positive three days of activity.

"At the end of this test the work that we did has not been so bad, and we are quite fast also with the qualifiers, so it's been an important three days," noted the five-time MotoGP World Champion, who focused his early attentions on corner entry and exit with the Fiat Yamaha YZR-M1/Bridgestone package.

A previous race winner in Qatar, Rossi was unable to take part in the most recent night test at the track despite his role in the MotoGP Safety Commission. Injury ruled him out of that particular opportunity to analyse the bright lights of the illuminated circuit, with only a 2006 ride on a street bike providing him with experience of night riding. His last visit to Losail saw him blitzed on the straights by Casey Stoner's Ducati Desmosedici, but Rossi expects to be in a better position come February 28th.

"Qatar is another track, and its taking place at night which creates a big question mark. We expect to be more competitive, but we'll see what happens and hope to be ready for the first race."

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MotoGP, 2008

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