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Rossi: `Single-tyre makes equality more of a possibility´

Rossi: `Single-tyre makes equality more of a possibility´

Italian expecting more on-track battles in 2009 with introduction of new regulation.

Valentino Rossi may have been the fastest rider of the Jerez test, but to take the top spot at the final test of 2008 the Fiat Yamaha rider had to dig deep late on Thursday. The Italian edged out persistent rival Dani Pedrosa by just 0.018 to end his World Championship winning year on a high note, and is predicting closer battles to come with the move to a single-tyre manufacturer for 2009.

`I think that the first tests with the new rule have been positive. It will be difficult for Bridgestone to decide which tyres to use, but with everyone on the same rubber it will be possible to watch more fighting on track with everybody on the same level,´ says Rossi, starting his second preseason with Bridgestone tyres.

The workload for Thursday included some novelties not rolled out on day one, and Rossi had just four hours in which to put them to the test. The 29 year-old was pleased with the developments, which will now be put together in Japan as the 2009 prototype is assembled for next February´s Sepang test.

`We had some different parts to test compared to yesterday, and their performance was not so bad,´ he continues. `Closing the year at the top was important, but so was making sure that those new parts were good for when the bike is worked on over the winter.´

MotoGP, 2008, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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