Rossi: “We are less than half a second off Pedrosa”

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Rossi pulls out of the pits in Malaysia. Have no doubt the Doctor is back
Valentino Rossi sent a clear message of intent from day two of MotoGP testing at Sepang, improving on his day one time by half a second.

Despite two years in the doldrums with Ducati, his return to the Yamaha at the Malaysia test saw him clock the fourth fastest time, sending out a message to his rivals that Rossi is most definitely back. He was less than half a second from the front in fourth with his Yamaha Factory Racing team mate Lorenzo second fastest.

The Yamaha Factory Racing team concentrated on set-up positions along with differing chassis and engine specifications to make up for time lost due to bad weather at the end of season test in Spain last year.

A grinning Rossi said: “The second day of testing in Sepang is finished and the balance of the day is positive for us, especially as we finished some work on the bike. We have some different parts for the bike for this season and we continue to work on the setting. The positive is we improved compared to yesterday in terms of time on one lap with the new tyre but especially on the rhythm, I was half a second faster than yesterday which is not so bad. Fourth position is quite good especially as we are less than half a second behind Pedrosa and Lorenzo the front. Unfortunately it started to rain so we had to stop earlier, because our target this afternoon was to go into 2’00 but we will try again tomorrow."  

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