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Rossi and Lorenzo on hot first session

Rossi and Lorenzo on hot first session

In the heat at Misano on Friday afternoon Valentino Rossi made an immediately good start to the weekend and was just ahead of his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo on the timesheet.

Both Fiat Yamaha riders, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, mentioned the heat at Misano on Friday afternoon after they successfully got the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini weekend underway.

In uncomfortably hot and humid conditions local favourite Rossi set his best time right at the end of the session, with a 1’35.304 lap, to put him just over a tenth of a second ahead of Lorenzo – who had registered his fastest time a few minutes earlier.

Having scored the first psychological blow of the weekend, Rossi stated, “Today was unbelievably hot. The first session was much better than in Indy though and I am quite happy. We did a few experiments with different settings and then at the end when we put everything together with the right tyre, I was able to do three fast laps and finish first.”

The legendary Italian added, “It’s a good sign to be in this shape already on Friday and now we just have to improve a bit more tomorrow because it’s very important here to be on the front row. It’s quite a tricky track and you have to be quite careful in some places, but my bike felt good today.”

Lorenzo provided his perspective, remarking, “Today was very hot which meant it quite hard to ride, and also the track is quite slippery here. I felt comfortable on my bike from the start and I was able to be quite fast, which is always encouraging, but I think we have some more work to do because we’re not perfect yet and the front could be better, especially on the entry to the corners.”

“Tomorrow we will try to work on this and especially on T2 and T3, because these are the areas where we are losing some time. Valentino is very strong, as I expected because it’s his home and he won last year, so we will have to be at the maximum to be able to fight with him.”

MotoGP, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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