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Valentino Rossi 11th after day one at Sepang

'It's a shame, as we had two or three things to try with the balance of the bike after we were pretty slow this morning' - Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi struggled with rear grip on his Ducati as he finished outside the top 10 in 11th place on the opening day of the Malaysian MotoGP.

Rossi had hoped to experiment with several tweaks to the balance of his Desmosedici in the afternoon session in an effort to increase rear grip, but a heavy downpour before the start of FP2 threw a spanner in the works.

The Italian superstar will now start afresh on Saturday after finishing 1.6s behind pacesetter Dani Pedrosa in the dry FP1 session in the morning at Sepang.

“We've been a little unfortunate with the weather in recent races,” Rossi said.

“This afternoon it rained right before the session, which made it difficult to work. It's a shame, as we had two or three things to try with the balance of the bike after we were pretty slow this morning.

“We had continued working with some changes that we had used at Motegi, where they'd helped us to have a little more grip under acceleration,” he added.

“Here, though, they weren't as effective because they cause a lot of understeer.”

Rossi ventured onto the circuit in the mixed conditions in the afternoon, but it was ultimately a fruitless exercise.

“This afternoon it was important to be able to work because we wanted to return to a more standard set-up, like at Aragon and Misano,” he said.

“I tried riding a little in an effort to understand as much as possible, but it's difficult in these conditions.

“There's nothing we can do about it, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow.”

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October 19, 2012 1:13 PM

@Slow old 46 listen to yourself! Do you have a soul? Do you even believe the crap you type, why do you take enjoyment from Rossi struggling with the Ducati? Remember what happened to him a year ago at this track, not only did he lose his friend but he was involved in the incident. Give the guy a break, who knows what it going through his mind it must be difficult for him this weekend as it would be for anyone who returned to the scene where they lost a friend. Grow a heart you sad beggar! I remind you, look his performance at Misano with a bike that worked. Anyone with actual knowledge of this sport & Rossi's achievements & have watched this sport longer than two year & isn't a troll (like yourself) will know never to count the guy out. "Slow old 46" you have a slow old memory! Lets see how the weekend pans out, you know if it stays dry that he'll improve

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