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Rossi seeking improvement at Phillip Island

'We'll try to make another step forward and look for a balance that allows me to ride well in the fast corners without losing too much traction in acceleration' - Valentino Rossi
Ducati's Valentino Rossi will aim to make further progress on Saturday after concluding the opening day at Phillip Island in eighth position.

The MotoGP legend was content with his initial performance but Rossi is seeking a solution that will enable him to ride faster through the Australian circuit's high-speed corner without sacrificing acceleration.

Rossi's best lap of 1m 32.030s was two seconds adrift of Casey Stoner but 0.328s behind LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl in seventh.

“In the end, this first day didn't go too badly, considering that we're not so far from [Stefan] Bradl and [Alvaro] Bautista,” he said.

“We improved the bike's set-up and I was able to go quite a bit faster in the afternoon compared to this morning.

“I also did some nice laps with the used tyre, which is important,” added Rossi.

“Tomorrow we'll try to make another step forward and look for a balance that allows me to ride well in the fast corners without losing too much traction in acceleration.”

Rossi will make a final decision on his tyre choice for Sunday's race following further analysis of his options on Saturday.

“Here we do lots of accelerating on the left side, so the tyre temperature goes up and the tyres begin to slide more and more,” he said.

“We'll see tomorrow. We'll have to continue improving as we did between today's two sessions, and then we'll also decide which tyre to use.”



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gusferlus

October 26, 2012 10:48 AM
Last Edited 691 days ago

Why can't people stop this trolling and bashing? Bet you wish wish you had as much talent as Vale has in his little finger! There are Rossi fans There are Lorenzo fans There are Stoner fans There are Pedrosa fans etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc Why bash on? Only shows your immaturity and jealousy!

Oz GP Fan - Unregistered

October 26, 2012 2:46 PM

Just returned from Sepang. Spent the weekend staying on the same floor of the hotel as most of the riders. Vale, Nicky, Cal, Jorge to mention those who wandered around the Club lounge. You know who always had a smile on his face & happy to say Hi, even to the staff, Who popped a wheelie when he entered the pits ? Who was cheered by fans sitting opposite his pit garage every time he came out ? Who was out on the track when all the other Factory teams closed their garages ? Valentino Rossi Now I am not a hard core Vale fan but you just can't help but admire the guy



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