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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi started proceedings at the Octo British Grand Prix taking sixth place on the combined timesheets, as he tried a new chassis which was also tested in the Czech Republic.
The nine-time world champion wrapped up the morning practice with a solid 2‘03.591s lap for fourth place, 1.108s from the provisional leader and just 0.028s behind the rider in third place.
In the afternoon session the Doctor shaved off more tenths to better his best lap time from the morning, dropping into the 2‘02s. He finished the day in sixth place in the combined standings, having improved on the morning session by 1.329s with a 2‘02.262s lap, 0.841s from first.
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Valentino Rossi: “These were difficult conditions, but we were lucky because we were able to do both practice sessions on the dry and were able to use slick tyres. We needed to, because we have a lot of work to do: we have the new chassis and swingarm that we need to understand. Some things I like more and some things I like less. For tomorrow we need to understand the right balance, the right stuff to mount. At the end everybody was very fast and with the soft tyre at the end my lap time was not so bad, so I was there and now we wait for tomorrow and hope for better conditions.”