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Rossi upbeat despite rain at homecoming

Rossi upbeat despite rain at homecoming

Fiat Yamaha´s Valentino Rossi refused to let the Mugello rain dampen his spirits on Friday and is looking forward to better weather as his home GP weekend continues.

The winner of the last six MotoGP visits to Mugello and the last two races in the current World Championship campaign, Valentino Rossi was unfazed by the wet conditions at the Gran Premio d´Italia Alice on Friday, using the rain affected free practice sessions to continue the development of his M1-Bridgestone package.

The five-time premier class World Champion was more concerned for his devoted fans as they endured the showers in the Tuscan hills overlooking his home track and he is looking forward to brighter weather on Saturday and the opportunity to prepare for what is expected to be a dry race on Sunday.

An early shower meant that the first free practice run on Friday morning took place on a drying track, with Rossi taking a relaxed approach and concluding the session tenth on the timesheet. In a wetter FP2 outing in the afternoon The Doctor was fourth fastest and concluded the day in a content mood.

The 29 year-old star stated, `This morning was very tricky with the track quite patchy, so I preferred to take it easy in those conditions. This afternoon was very useful however and we were able to make some important modifications to our wet set-up, which enabled us to go quite fast at the end.´

`At the start of the session it was so wet that it felt a bit dangerous, so it was necessary to be very careful,´ Rossi continued. `But it was better in the second half and I am glad we´ve had this session because it reassures us that we´re also fast in the wet.´

Rossi´s Team Manager and compatriot Davide Brivio added `It´s been varying degrees of wet all day which means it´s been quite difficult, with a lot of work for the team, but anyway it hasn´t been so bad and it has given us a great opportunity to understand more about Bridgestone in the wet and also to work on the set-up of our bike in these conditions. We´ve made some good steps forward in the rain but now it seems that the race at least will be dry so we´re hoping for good weather on Saturday as well so that we can start with our race set-up.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Fiat Yamaha Team

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