Two things happened to reigning seven time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi for the first time in 2010 testing, during the final night of the final test at Qatar.

The first was that he lapped slower on the second night than he had on the first, having been quicker on both second days at the previous Sepang tests, and the more obvious change - a direct result of the first - was that he was finally knocked from the top of testing timesheets.

But having been fastest on all five previous 'days' of testing, and having only lost out to Ducati's Casey Stoner by 0.049sec on combined times at a track Rossi and Yamaha haven't won at since 2006, the Italian couldn't complain.

Instead, Rossi is feeling 'very excited' and ready to battle for his tenth world championship victory.

"This has been another good day [night]. We've concentrated mostly on the race preparation and it feels like we're now ready for the first race. We did a long run at the end of the session and we got some good information, which will help us in the race," said Rossi.

The Doctor did two long runs containing eleven consecutive successive sub-2min laps, while Stoner's longest run of successive sub 2-min laps was just four, as the Australian stuck to short runs.

"Now that testing is over I am very excited about the season," Rossi continued. "We've been strong throughout the six days of practice and it feels good to have been fast here also, where we have struggled in the past.

"We have only tested at two tracks so we need to wait for another different one to fully understand the new bike, but we're in good shape. My M1 feels great and I'm looking forward to racing!" he concluded.

"We're really happy about this final test. Although we were fast in Sepang we didn't know what to expect here but we found that we were quick here as well - more than a second faster than last year in fact and this is encouraging!" added team manager Davide Brivio.

"We've done some more work on the setting during this test and then today concentrated on race preparation, including doing a long run and trying some different combinations of bike and tyres. The waiting is nearly over now and we're ready!"

Rossi's injured team-mate and 2009 title runner-up, Jorge Lorenzo, was the only Yamaha rider to improve on the final night, placing the young Spaniard joint sixth on the final night and joint seventh overall.


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