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Rossi positive despite problematic night in Qatar

Rossi positive despite problematic night in Qatar

The second evening of MotoGP's first ever night test saw Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi lower down the timesheet than he would have expected to be, ‘The Doctor' finishing in tenth position overall.

The second evening of MotoGP's first ever night test saw Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi lower down the timesheet than he would have expected to be, ‘The Doctor' finishing in tenth position overall.

The seven-time World Champion and his Yamaha mechanics spent Friday focussing on Bridgestone tyre testing and the set-up of the evolving 800cc M1 prototype, but Rossi was unable to complete a planned race simulation.

Despite things not going exactly according to plan Rossi remains hopeful that he will be ready for the first race, which of course also takes place under the floodlights at Losail on 9th March, with the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar MotoGP free practice sessions commencing next Friday evening at 7pm local time.

"After the results of Sepang and Jerez I expected to also be quite fast here, but we had some problems," explained Rossi. "On the corners I'm not so fast, so we have to improve the setting of the bike because we're losing too much time on the edge of the tyres."

"Unfortunately we wasted some time working on the set-up of the bike to try to adapt it to some tyres that we then decided to abandon," continued the Italian. "Once we'd made this decision we worked with different tyres and things improved a bit, but the test was nearly over and we didn't have enough time to complete all the work we wanted to do."

"The first race is close and it will be a hard battle. But anyway we have some different stuff, some different settings to try on the weekend of the race, so we'll see."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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