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Rossi and Lorenzo prepare Saturday Stoner chase

Rossi and Lorenzo prepare Saturday Stoner chase

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will be changing things round with their Fiat Yamaha M1 machinery on Saturday, looking to close the gap on Friday´s fastest rider, Casey Stoner.

Fiat Yamaha´s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were both left hungry for more after their first day in Sachsenring, having recorded the fifth and sixth fastest times of the day, respectively. For Lorenzo, understanding why Casey Stoner is so far ahead of the rest of the field is a source of intrigue, whilst for World Championship contender Rossi the matter is more a point of concern.

Valentino Rossi – Fourth

`For sure I´m not happy after today´s practice! This afternoon we tried some modifications to the setting and we decided to try a softer set-up, but things didn't work how we hoped and we couldn´t improve our time. In the fast corners I wasn´t fast enough, and I was always a little bit wide. This afternoon I couldn´t ride how I wanted to. Obviously this afternoon´s choice is not the right way for us at this circuit and therefore tomorrow morning we will return to this morning´s set-up and try to close the gap to Casey. I didn´t try the new electronics today and actually at the moment it´s more likely that we won´t this weekend, but I did try some different Bridgestone tyres and we found one which we think will be okay for the race. I am confident that our potential is more than today so we will do our best to improve tomorrow.´

Jorge Lorenzo – Sixth

`I feel like I have a lot of confidence here compared to the last few races, and this is a nice feeling because it´s enabling me to ride much more aggressively. We had some problems with the rear grip this morning and I was happy about the improvements that we made this afternoon, but the bike setting is still not perfect and I feel like we should be going faster. The problem is that, although I was in fifth place this afternoon, the gap to Stoner in front is very big and it´s hard for us to understand how he is going so much faster than us! From this it is clear, even though I have a good feeling, that the bike is not performing exactly as it should and therefore we need to try to improve our package more. Of course I also need to keep building my confidence and improving my riding as I get more used to a MotoGP bike at this track. I hope that tomorrow we can close the gap to the front.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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