Return to the top pleases Rossi

Return to the top pleases Rossi
Sunday, 24 March 2013

Valentino Rossi led the way as the Official Jerez MotoGP™ Pre-Season Test continued on Sunday. The result marked the first time the nine-time World Champion had topped a session since returning to the Yamaha Factory Racing squad.

Not only was Rossi atop a timesheet for the first time in 2013, but the result also signaled his first P1 finish since opening practice for last year’s British Grand Prix.

“It’s not important, but it’s very important!” the Italian smiled in an exclusive video interview with motogp.com. “To end the day with the best lap time is great, not just because of the position but also because we modified some of the settings of the bike after the first test to adapt the M1 more to my style.

“It’s good because I am able to go faster, like Jorge, in all sectors of the lap. For tomorrow, we have a new chassis with some small differences, so both Jorge and I will try it. We hope to be able to improve our level a bit.”

The weather remains the prime talking point in Spain. Although the riders would welcome an all-dry final day on Monday, more rain is expected to arrive.

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