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Strange Sachsenring session no bother for Rossi

Strange Sachsenring session no bother for Rossi

Third placed Italian comments on mixed conditions for German opener.

Valentino Rossi cut a confident figure after the opening practice session at Sachsenring, seemingly unperturbed by Casey Stoner’s speedy lap time and the potential for a rainy weekend. The Fiat Yamaha rider was third quickest in the Friday outing, but was less than a tenth of a second off second placed rival Dani Pedrosa and, he says, at less than 100% potential with his Yamaha M1.

“This was quite a strange session because we had all sorts of track conditions and then at the end it was basically dry and I was quite fast,” said the reigning MotoGP World Champion after an hour in which rainfall dispersed from the asphalt. “It was a good chance to work on the rain setting and I am pretty happy because the bike felt good and our times were also quick on the wet track.

”It seems we have a good setting immediately here for all conditions, because it continued to feel good as the track dried and the nature of the asphalt changed.”

Such conditions could add another flag-to-flag race to the 2009 season but, for the moment at least, this is not of immediate concern to Rossi.

“Right at the end we had a bit of traffic or we could have been faster, because at this track it is difficult to overtake. I’m only third but I think that it is possible to improve. It seems Bridgestone have brought good tyres for this track, of course there is no intermediate tyre which is always going to be a bit difficult in these sorts of conditions, but I don’t think it was a big problem today.”

On his attempted improvements for the Saturday runouts, the 30 year-old listed a number of aspects that will require his attention in order for him to reach peak performance.

”First we have to work on the electronics to get the right setting, and we could improve on a few things, especially the feeling and general balance in the faster parts of the track, so we will concentrate on this tomorrow. We are not yet at 100%.”

MotoGP, 2009, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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