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Rossi feeling physical improvements after qualifying

Rossi feeling physical improvements after qualifying

The World Champion’s injured shoulder is not causing him as much pain as before, and he is also pleased with how his Yamaha M1 is performing after qualifying fourth for Sunday’s race at Jerez.

Valentino Rossi was feeling much better physically in Saturday’s qualifying session at Jerez as he continued to ride with his injured shoulder, and was able to focus on improving the feeling on his M1 machine which has placed him on the second row of the grid.

The World Champion led the session for a while and eventually placed fourth on the timesheet, at 0.356s off pole holder Dani Pedrosa, and Rossi gave a very positive report of the work that had been done on his factory prototype.

"Of course it would be better to be on the front row but fourth is okay and I'm very happy about how much we've improved since this morning,” said the 31 year-old. “After Pedrosa, the next five of us are all very close and this afternoon I was able to do some laps in the 1’39s with the harder Bridgestone tyre. We are fast now but we're still not consistent enough so we have to work on this for tomorrow.”

An improved physical condition was another reason to be pleased with the qualifying session, and Rossi – who won at the circuit last year – added: “My shoulder feels a lot better today and I have to say thank you to all of the Clinica Mobile and everyone who has worked on it. I am still lacking a bit of strength but the pain is okay. I am hoping for a great race tomorrow for all the fans."

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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