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Rossi continues hard work after celebrations

Rossi continues hard work after celebrations

Having recorded his 90th career victory on Sunday, Valentino Rossi remained at Le Mans for two days of testing, putting in 68 laps on Monday.

After equalling his friend Angel Nieto´s career total of 90 GP wins at the Alice Grand Prix de France on Sunday, to go joint second with the Spaniard in the all-time winner´s list behind Giacomo Agostini, Valentino Rossi continued to put in the hard graft in a post-race test at the French track.

The Fiat Yamaha rider now leads the World Championship and was focussing on working with Bridgestone tyres and the set-up of his M1 prototype on Monday, as he seeks to keep his race package as competitive as possible - before his home round at Mugello in less than two weeks time.

Monday was the first of two days of testing for Rossi, who was the sole occupant of the Fiat Yamaha team garage, as colleague Jorge Lorenzo flew back to Spain after his hard-fought second place in France on Sunday, to continue the rehabilitation of his fractured ankles.

Yamaha are flying high after filling the podium at round five but there is still ongoing development work for the team to do and Rossi was second fastest on Monday with a best lap of 1´33.661, set on a qualifying tyre.

The Italian continues his hard work on Tuesday, with his Team Manager Davide Brivio summarising Monday´s activities saying, `It was a good day, even if it was quite hard to get back to work after the great day we had on Sunday! We tested many different tyres with Bridgestone, both qualifiers and race tyres, and collected a lot of information.´

`The tyres we tested today were mostly for the future development, not so much for the next few races, but it´s very important to look ahead like this and we found some good material. Of course we worked on the setting a bit as well and also tested some new electronic maps. Our aim for this test is just to make sure the bike is in the best possible shape for the Italian challenge that is waiting around the corner!´

MotoGP, 2008, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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