MotoGP world champion and 2009 championship leader, Valentino Rossi, is confident he is ready for whatever weather is thrown at him during the German Grand Prix, after being fast in both wet and dry conditions during Friday practice at the Sachsenring.
The Fiat Yamaha rider, who starts round nine with a nine point lead over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, set the quickest lap on wet tyres - at the halfway mark of the hour - then went on to finish a close third on slicks.
Ahead of the Italian was Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (0.054sec), and Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner (0.309sec), who is 16 points from Rossi. Lorenzo, riding with an injured shoulder and foot, was eleventh fastest, 0.717sec from the top.
“This was quite a strange session because we had all sorts of track conditions and then at the end it was basically dry and I was quite fast,” said Rossi. “It was a good chance to work on the rain setting and I am pretty happy because the bike felt good and our times were also quick on the wet track.
“It seems we have a good setting immediately here for all conditions, because it continued to feel good as the track dried and the nature of the asphalt changed. We have some things to improve, especially the feeling and general balance in the faster parts of the track, so we will concentrate on this tomorrow.
“Right at the end we had a bit of traffic or we could have been faster, but anyway we're still third so I think we are in good shape.
"It seems Bridgestone have brought good tyres for this track, of course there is no intermediate tyre which is always going to be a bit difficult in these sorts of conditions, but I don't think it was a big problem today," he concluded.
“It seems like we're fast in both the wet and the dry so we're feeling confident and will concentrate on the finer details tomorrow to perfect the set-up,” confirmed team manager Davide Brivio.