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Rossi: “I was always fast and competitive”

Rossi: “I was always fast and competitive”

Valentino Rossi ended the second day of the Phillip Island test happy after finishing in fourth, just 0.273s off the pace of Viñales.

Rossi had a productive day and set multiple fast laps. As soon as a dry line formed at the Phillip Island circuit, he didn‘t waste a second and seized the opportunity. He went out on track and set a 1‘31.1s on his fifth lap to take over at the top in the provisional time sheets. He continued to drop quick laps even when the brief sunny spell was spoiled by more rain, and completed 71 laps in total all the way through the afternoon. His best effort was a 1‘29.404s for fourth place, 0.273s from today‘s fastest time and just 0.047s behind his teammate Jorge Lorenzo.

The final day of testing at Phillip Island kicks off at 9.45am local time on Friday.

Valentino Rossi: “We‘re lucky and happy, because the summer arrived today and we could work on the bikes and understand more, especially about the tyres. Sincerely, I‘m very satisfied about today because from the morning until the end I was always fast and competitive and in one of the first positions. I also had a good feeling with the bike and I was able to improve, from the morning to the afternoon, the pace and the lap times. The only thing we haven‘t had time for was to compare the two bikes; we will do it tomorrow, hoping we have good weather like today. About all other things I‘m satisfied, because I have a good pace and also my best lap is good. I got fourth position, but the first four are the four riders that were more competitive today and are close in times, so we are there at the front. For sure, keeping up the pace in the race will be harder, simply because you get less help from the electronics, you have to do more work with your body and the throttle, so that will be a bit more demanding.”

MotoGP, 2016, PHILLIP ISLAND MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T2, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, #AusTest

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