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Rossi gets a positive first impression in Brno

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider back on the Friday pace in the Czech Republic

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took his first ever win in Brno twenty years ago, and the 9-time world champion had a positive first day back at the venue two decades later as he ended Friday in the top 5. With new Michelin tyres and a lot to analyse, the Italian is focused on understanding the changed lean angles in 2016.

Valentino Rossi (P5): “The first feeling was not so bad: this morning and also this afternoon I was quite fast, we worked a lot. We have some different options and some different settings and also some different tyre choices on the front and the rear. I‘m not so bad, I‘m fifth but I‘m not so far from pole position. All the top riders are fast so we have a lot to do, a lot of work on the bike, but the first impression is positive. The lean angles changed a lot compared to last year‘s tyres, because last year we were able to lean more, with Michelin a little bit less because it‘s a different shape of tyre. It‘s just a feeling that you have to understand, usually it‘s the bike that tells to you how much you can do, that‘s always the limit. The best riders are able to go close to limit but not too much.”