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Positive start for Rossi and Lorenzo at Le Mans

Positive start for Rossi and Lorenzo at Le Mans

The Fiat Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were once again fast out of the blocks in Le Mans, indicating that another closely-fought race inter-team battle may be on the cards.

Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were both in the top six on the opening day of practice for the Alice Grand Prix de France, showing good early form at Le Mans. The afternoon session brought some slight complications for the duo, however, as Rossi was unable to improve upon his morning time and Lorenzo experienced a late run-off with his M1.

Valentino Rossi – 6th

`This morning we started quite well, I had a good rhythm and I was able to be third fastest with a good time. This afternoon to begin with it was also okay but then we tried some different things and it wasn´t so good; we tried a tyre I didn´t like so much and also a setting that didn´t feel so good so overall the result was not great! We weren´t able to improve our time from the morning but we actually learned quite a lot, which I hope will help us, so now we just need to work hard to decide what is the best way for tomorrow. I am confident we can improve. The weather isn´t so good, with some spots of rain, but actually we expected worse for Le Mans, so if this is as bad as it gets I will be happy! It may rain properly tomorrow in which case we will have different things to work on; I would prefer it to be dry of course but we will have to wait and see. It wasn´t a perfect day but we know why we didn´t improve so we´re not too worried.´

Jorge Lorenzo – 4th

`The first thing I did when I crashed this afternoon was to stand up in order to check that I hadn´t done any more damage! Luckily it´s okay and I don´t think I have made anything worse and at the moment I don´t need to have any injections, which is better for me. The pain in my ankles is not so bad and to ride is okay, the main problem is that I am lacking the confidence that I know I should have, but I just need to keep thinking positively and I am sure that this will come soon. We need to work on the electronics a bit and also the suspension, and then I think we can make another step, but anyway we´ve made a good start today overall. If it stays dry then I think I will have the possibility to fight for the pole position, but if it's wet it will be a different story so we are hoping for good weather!" ´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Fiat Yamaha Team

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