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Qatar podium goal for Valentino Rossi

“After the testing I know I can be competitive in some tracks but also that I will have some problems in other tracks. The most important thing is that now I have a good feeling when I ride my M1 and this will help me at all tracks, including Qatar.

“Every year you get a little bit nervous at the beginning of the season. It's normal to feel like that; it's crucial to get some good points and not to make mistakes. I can't wait to start this 2013 season."

Team director Massimo Meregalli, who joined Yamaha after Rossi's 2010 departure, feels that Rossi's form has progressed during testing.

“Valentino has improved his feeling with the bike at each test,” he said. “It's normal that it has taken him more time because for two years he has had another bike, but at Jerez he definitely proved he had the right feeling.

“The bike will continue to improve over the season but as it stands now it is a very competitive machine and we know it can achieve good results.

“The track is very suited to the characteristics of the M1, there is only one place which is difficult, the last corner is a very slow turn, first or second gear so we suffer a little there. We believe we can have the best start to the season here.”

First free practice for the Losail night race takes place on Thursday evening.




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