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Rossi just 13th in Sepang practice

"...That makes it difficult to make a comparison between then and today, but we certainly weren't as fast as we'd like to be" – Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi insisted different track conditions at Sepang made comparisons between the latest Ducati GP11.1 and the original GP11 used in February's pre-season tests 'difficult'.

During the five days of testing - Rossi missed one day due to sickness - the Italian had been between 1.012sec and 1.804sec behind the fastest rider (putting him between 9th and 13th on the timesheets).

With the best lap times often set in the opening hour of testing, before the intense heat grilled the circuit, that time gap was widely considered to look worse that it actually was - Rossi not electing to push hard for an early lap. Rossi was also still struggling for strength in his healing shoulder.

But after the first day of the Malaysian Grand Prix, and now using an aluminium front section on the GP11.1, Rossi was left in 13th place, 2.427sec from pace setter Dani Pedrosa.

Despite the conditions, Pedrosa's best lap time was almost one-second under the official lap record, although over one-second behind the best test lap of 1min 59.665sec, set by his Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner.

Rossi was the slowest of the five Ducati riders on Friday, with the top Desmosedici - the GP11 of Pramac's Randy de Puniet - 1.909sec behind Pedrosa.

“The track conditions are very different, worse actually, than when we tested here during the winter, because the asphalt was very slippery today," said Rossi. "It was really bad this morning, just a bit better in the afternoon.

"That makes it difficult to make a comparison between then and today, but we certainly weren't as fast as we'd like to be.

"We changed something with the rear suspension at the end of the session that helped to improve the feeling with the bike, but we haven't made enough progress in terms of lap times. Tomorrow we'll see if we're able to do better with a bit more grip.

"It wasn't bad under braking today, but I'm not able to be fast in the corners, especially the fast ones. I really hope to be able to use the hard tyres because that would be the right choice for the race.”




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6537456745 - Unregistered

October 21, 2011 7:06 PM

Rossi is the pilot with more wins in this track, he has a 2.00.5 record lap and last year he won in this track... What have changed in this history? Just the bike, the bike, one bike that have been destroying good pilots for many years. And Rossi is on that crap. That's all I can see in this picture. I just hope the 2012 bike to be close to the front, because this one really sucks. Is not the pilot, is the bike.

Ghost - Unregistered

October 21, 2011 12:31 PM

I'm by no means a bandwagoner and I'm HUGE Rossi fan, but I think it may be time to pull the plug on the Ducati experiment. Rossi will NEVER be competitive against the Hondas or Yamahas. Ducati has virtually spent an entire season chasing their tails with no solid directions for the 1000cc bike for next year. Ducati's limit resources will always hinder Rossi and Burgess ability to develop the bike fast enough. Sucks but true. Stoner has a bigger set of balls when it comes to taking risk that's why he was successful at Ducati. Rossi is just not that type of rider, he is a technican always trying to perfect the bike's attributes. All things equal I still believe Rossi is the greatest.



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