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Rossi cites Jerez temperatures as big test for tyres

Rossi cites Jerez temperatures as big test for tyres

Fastest in MotoGP Free Practice 1, Valentino Rossi predicts a tough race for the premier class field if temperatures stay high in Spain.

A hot day in Jerez provided Valentino Rossi with the chance to shine in the opening practice for the Gran Premio de España, as he set a scorching lap time that made him the only rider to breach the 1’40 mark on Friday.

Fiat Yamaha’s reigning MotoGP World Champion was at his stunning best as he opened the first European leg of the 2009 season, recording the fastest time of the day –a 1’39.647- on his second bike. More than anything, though, the day served as a chance for Rossi to get a step up on preparation for an all-important Sunday race and show that Casey Stoner hadn’t had the last word at Jerez during last month’s BMW M Award session.

“There was no car this time, but it was still a very important session for us. We modified something with our setting and tried to fix some of the problems from the first few races,” said the Italian after the 45-minute run.

“We worked through everything from the soft to the hard tyre very quickly, and we can see that for sure it will be a tough race for the tyres if the temperatures are like this.”

Rossi also revealed that the initial difficulty with his main Yamaha M1 hadn’t caused too much of a setback, adding that; “We had a little problem at the beginning of the session with the first bike, so we went out on the second bike. But the second one was ready; we needed to modify the schedule of the practice a bit, but it was ok.”

MotoGP practice continues on Saturday from 10.05am local time.

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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