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Improvement of Yamaha-Bridgestone package Rossi´s priority

Improvement of Yamaha-Bridgestone package Rossi´s priority

Following his hard fought third place at Estoril on Sunday, Valentino Rossi´s post-GP test focussed on the crucial development process between the Yamaha M1 and his new Bridgestone tyres.

Following his hard fought third place at Estoril on Sunday, Valentino Rossi´s post-GP test focussed on the crucial development process between the Yamaha M1 and his new Bridgestone tyres.

Rossi tested a wide range of new rubber compounds in the Monday workout with an eye on the next round in China, at which Bridgestone has a strong record, and the 29-year was pleased with the day´s results.

Testing new front and rear tyres as well as some qualifiers, Rossi put in 90 laps and ended up second on the timesheet with a best effort of 1'36.707. On race tyres he also improved on his fastest lap from Sunday´s race.

Afterwards, he told motogp.com, `It was an important day and we were lucky because the weather was beautiful. We worked a lot on improving our setting to enhance the potential of the Bridgestone tyres and it looks good. We found some more rear grip and some more life for the tyres. The temperature was better for our race tyres, because on Sunday we suffered a bit due to the rain at the beginning.´

`We have to work hard,´ continued the five-time former MotoGP title winner. `The competition this year is very strong, but we are going in the right direction. The Michelin qualifying tyre is fantastic and our tyre is not so bad, but not at the same level. We are trying to find some more grip, and some consistency to keep going until the end of the lap. We are improving and I am confident.´

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MotoGP, 2008, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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