Valentino Rossi content with second place

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MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi said he was content with his second place at the end of the first day of action in Sepang today.

The Fiat Yamaha rider set a best time of 2.02.693 to finish just 0.171s adrift of Tech 3 Yamaha rider Colin Edwards.

The Italian was marginally slower in this afternoon’s second session, with several minutes lost to a light drizzle that hit the Sepang circuit, venue for the penultimate round of the 2008 world championship.

Rossi said: “This was a good day for us because we were fastest this morning and then second this afternoon behind Colin. I like this track a lot; it’s difficult, technical and wide and it’s possible to have a lot of fun riding a MotoGP bike here.

“It’s a different feeling compared to the tests here pre-season, because the bike has changed a lot since then and we’ve also learnt a lot more about the tyres; it’s good to see how much we have improved everything since then.

“Our pace today is already good so I think we have a good potential this weekend, but it’s definitely possible to improve some more and make our setting better. We need to work on one or two small things. I have a strong motivation for a good result here!”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt