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Rossi night test focused on tyres and setup

Rossi night test focused on tyres and setup

A two-time race winner in Qatar, Valentino Rossi was back in action at the Losail International circuit on Thursday night for his first full night test with the Yamaha M1.

A two-time race winner in Qatar, Valentino Rossi was back in action at the Losail International circuit on Thursday night for his first full night test with the Yamaha M1. The Italians previous experience of on-track night time activity came before his most recent victory in the Middle East in 2006, when he undertook an initial assessment of the current systems viability in his role with the Riders Safety Commission.

Rossi gave a measured analysis of the lighting system and demands of night riding following the completion of 82 laps of the Qatari track, with his only initial qualm being the low temperatures that sharply contrast those experienced during the daytime.

There was a lot of curiosity about this night test and I have to say that I am quite satisfied. I think they have done a great job with the lights and you can ride quite normally, as if its day, said the five-time MotoGP World Champion.

The visibility is quite good so there is no danger for us; its really no more difficult than riding in the day. Maybe it would be better to move this night race to a period when the temperature is a little bit higher however, because at the moment its very cold here!

As well as being Rossis first experience of 800cc night testing, this weeks Official Test is also his first appearance at the Losail International Circuit since switching to Bridgestone tyres. Hiroshi Yamada from the rubber manufacturer expressed uncertainty about the challenges presented by a dip in normal track temperature before the test, and this was reflected in Rossis workload for the opening session.

We tested several different tyres and settings, but I am still sliding a bit when I open the throttle and the front is going a bit wide, noted the Fiat Yamaha man, who put such performance down to the specific characteristics of the track.

We know that this track doesnt have the best grip, but other riders are going faster, so we must do better. We have a couple of ideas for tomorrow and I am sure we will be able to improve. I expect to go a little bit faster.

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MotoGP, 2008, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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