Valentino Rossi, who secured his sixth MotoGP world title - and first since 2005 - at Motegi on Sunday, has been denied the opportunity to ride an early version of Yamaha's 2009 YZR-M1 due to rain at Motegi on Monday.

Yamaha had hoped that, just as one year ago, Rossi would be able to evaluate the progress of Yamaha's future grand prix machine, but might now have to wait until the end of the 2008 racing season.

Rossi and the Fiat Yamaha Team will now fly straight to Australia for this weekend's grand prix at Phillip Island.

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