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Rossi: Donington Free Practice “difficult but important”

Rossi: Donington Free Practice “difficult but important”

Reigning World Champion on Friday third place and Lorenzo speculation.

Valentino Rossi has won in the wet before at Donington Park. A veteran of the track and a renowned wet weather expert, the reigning World Champion and current series leader needed no convincing as to the crucial need to work with his M1 under any conditions on Friday evening –a policy that took him up to third in the timesheets and only barely off the top spot.

“These strange conditions are always hard to ride in but it was important that we had some time in the wet today because we were able to understand our level. We’re quite happy because I felt confident and I was able to be fast today,” said Rossi on the afternoon session, in which there was both a dry racing line and wet patches on the notoriously slippery British track.

“The conditions changed a lot during the hour and by the end it was mostly dry, which meant it was quite hard to ride with the wet tyres but we were still quite fast and in the end we’re third, which is a good start. We’ve got a few modifications to make as usual after a Friday but we have a good base. Tomorrow it seems it will be completely dry so hopefully by the end of the day we will be ready for Sunday, whatever the weather,” he continued.

Expect Rossi to face competition from close to home this weekend, courtesy of teammate and persistent rival Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard is still undecided as to whether he will continue to share a partitioned garage with Rossi next season, but that is not something that overly alters the 30 year-old’s perception of the young pretender to his crown.

“Jorge is a great rider and a great teammate; I’ve heard the rumours about him going ot another team, but it doesn’t make a difference to me. I’m already signed for next year, and I think that he will be a great rival on either a Yamaha or another bike,” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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