Intermittent rain today at Jerez may have handed Valentino Rossi a safe pole position for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, but the Italian is hoping for a dry race tomorrow - his second on a Yamaha YZR-M1.

"Yesterday was fantastic because we set a very good lap time at the end with a qualifying tyre, but also the bike was not so bad with a race tyre so I was very happy," said the 25-year-old.

"This afternoon was a bit of a waste of time," he sighed. "It was not possible to test anything for dry or wet conditions so we were just going around and around. Anyway, this morning we rode with full wet settings and were able to stay at the front so the feeling with the Yamaha in the wet is also good.

"For tomorrow I hope, for all the riders and all the fans, it will be dry. I have great memories of this circuit, it has always been good to me; from the first test I did on the 125 to now. I always like the longer corners here. I think that Sete (Gibernau) and Max (Biaggi) can be very fast in the wet, also Bayliss," concluded the #46.

Rossi has an enviable record at Jerez, having won the past three premier-class races at the Andalucian track, but crew chief Jeremy Burgess admits race day rain could see some of their current advantage removed.

"We need to do a little bit of work if there are wet conditions," declared the Australian. "That session was neither one nor the other."

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