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Front row aim for motivated Rossi

Front row aim for motivated Rossi

The Fiat Yamaha rider topped FP1 at Sepang and said afterwards that he is feeling “very comfortable” on his M1.

Valentino Rossi was on form again in the opening practice session of the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday, setting the fastest lap time and looking in formidable shape as he aims for another podium finish – and even victory – in Sunday’s race.

The Italian’s time of 2’02.724 left him just over a tenth of a second clear of the remainder of the MotoGP field in the hour-long practice, and he was extremely satisfied with how his session had gone.

"It's been another good start for us here and we found a good setting straight away. I am feeling very comfortable on the bike and so far my shoulder is okay here,” said Rossi, who claimed last year’s World Championship with a podium finish at Sepang.

“The track is quite dirty but that will get better and I love riding at this track, it's one of my favourites and I am always happy to be on the bike here,” he continued. “We are confident that we will be able to make some more improvements tomorrow and be in good shape to try for the front row tomorrow afternoon."

The characteristically hot and humid conditions at Sepang (ambient temperature 38ºC, track 54ºC for the session) made achieving good grip a struggle for all, and Rossi’s Team Manager Davide Brivio said Saturday’s second session would prove important in tyre selection.

"It's nice to start the weekend at the front again and this was a good session, with Valentino fast from the beginning. It seems he has a good pace here but of course it's only the first session and we have more work to do,” he said. “The track isn't in great condition; it's quite slippery at the moment but this will improve throughout the weekend.”

“Tomorrow we will work on our Bridgestone tyre choice and fine-tune the setting ahead of qualifying," Brivio concluded.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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