Rossi utters the words every Rossi fan has waited a long time to hear after three days of intensive testing at the Sepang race circuit in Malaysia.
The Italian was consistently near the front of the times over all three days and finished third fastest on the last day of testing on his Yamaha M1, and just a tenth of a second from Lorenzo.
The Italian said: ““I’m very happy, all three days were very good. We worked hard on the bike and improved day by day. The third day was the best, we were able to stay less than half a second from pole position and the lap time is higher which is interesting. Today we finished third in the standings which is theoretically the front row so I’m very happy with this first test.”
Yamaha’s Factory Racing Team Director, Masssimo Meregalli, said: “This has been a really important and positive test. We have been able to work really well and our Japanese engineers have a lot of data so they are really happy. We can go home pretty satisfied and the engineers can continue working on the project, we will see what we can do in a few weeks. Jorge has been very consistent and fast throughout the test in many different circumstances so we are very pleased with him. On Vale’s side he removed a lot of weight from his shoulders, I see him very happy because he is finally back riding a bike that he enjoys, which is what he was looking for. I can’t say more than that!”
Thanks to Yamaha Factory Racing for the image.