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Rossi aiming for more after first session

Rossi aiming for more after first session

Seventh place for the Fiat Yamaha rider in tough conditions in the opening practice at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix left him targeting an improved set-up on his M1.

Valentino Rossi battled the trying weather conditions at Phillip Island on Friday and placed seventh in the first practice session with a time of 1’42.626, as he adopted a cautious approach to starting off his weekend.

Coming into Round 16 off the back of his second win of the year in Malaysia, the Italian hopes that an improved wet set-up on his M1 in Saturday’s second practice will allow him to challenge for a much higher position in qualifying.

“Conditions are very bad and are at the limit – it’s 10ºC. It’s not just wet but very cold too, so it’s difficult to control the bike and quite dangerous too,” explained Rossi. “I tried to get in a few laps to understand the conditions.”

“We have some problems with the setting which is not so good, and we are only in seventh place after this session. But we’ve taken some important data so we’ll find the problem and try and improve.”

He added: “I didn't want to push too hard in these conditions. I think we can improve it more, but we need to wait and see how the weather is tomorrow. I hope I can set better lap times tomorrow and get closer to the top.”

Rossi will be looking to build on his fantastic record at Phillip Island, which has seen the 31 year-old finish off the podium just once in his 13 previous visits there across all three GP categories.

MotoGP, 2010, IVECO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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