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Rossi and Lorenzo pleasantly surprised by wet first Indy impressions

Rossi and Lorenzo pleasantly surprised by wet first Indy impressions

MotoGP World Championship leader Valentino Rossi and teammate Jorge Lorenzo both think that their styles are suited to the IMS track.

Initially somewhat sceptical about what awaited their opening day in Indianapolis, Fiat Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were both happy with the layout of the track after Friday´s wet sessions. The duo finished eleventh and seventh, respectively, but see some big potential for optimum performance should the sun make an appearance at The Brickyard.

Valentino Rossi – Eleventh

`So, after some worries yesterday it seems that the track is not so bad and in fact it's a lot more fun to ride than I expected; it´s like Rio in places. There are some parts that have a few problems and we can definitely improve them for the future, especially turn five and turn one, but for now I think it is okay. The biggest problem is the difference in the asphalt, which changes too much, and the new asphalt doesn´t drain so well; if this weather becomes worse things will be very difficult. I am really sad about the rain because it´s fantastic to be here and I felt quite a strong emotion leaving the garage for the first time this morning, at such a historic place. I really hope that the weather improves so that we can have some crowds here on Sunday! I think we have good potential here and I feel like if it was dry then I could be quite fast as well, but it looks like this won´t be the case at the moment. Anyway, the situation is okay, my bike and tyres are working well so far so we will try to improve again tomorrow.´

Jorge Lorenzo – Seventh

`I am happy today because the track is much better than I expected and a lot less dangerous. Some walls are quite close to the racing line but in general it´s not too bad. The first part, with the new tarmac, is difficult because it´s very slippery and there's a lot of standing water, so you have to ride very carefully and very straight. The other part has better grip. We need to find a balance between tyres, which is the biggest issue we have to deal with. The back part is flowing and fun to ride, I think it suits my riding style so this is an unexpected surprise! Anyway, the situation is the same for all the riders, the weather is bad, it's a new track – we will do our best!´

MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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