Valentino Rossi: “Motorcycle and Tires OK. Hopefully, no rain”
Valentino Rossi has all the reasons to remember the past day. The Team Fiat Yamaha pilot obtained the best time of the day, positioning itself in front of the Ducati Marlboro pilot, Casey Stoner.
It is more than obvious that we’re witnessing the ending of its adaptation period as Rossi gets well along with the Japanese Covers. Even best is the fact that the retuned M1 provides a pilot’s daring right hand with all of the extra horsepower for a rocket-like incursion down the straight section of the track. This is even better as the Shanghai track measures 1200 meters of straight line so it seems we’re looking at the winner right now. Keep your fingers crossed!
"I’m pretty happy with how we started" - said Pesaro - "We were fast from the outset, this morning, and the bike and the Bridgestone tires are working very well together. We were fastest in the morning, because in the afternoon the temperature asphalt has exceeded 40 degrees and in these conditions the tires start to slide a little ’making things more difficult. In any case we have different tires to try a wide spectrum of choice, so I’m relaxed. "
"My rhythm is very good, I can drive more or less as I like: we are in shape. It seems that I and Stoner are slightly faster in the other, than there may be another battle like last year! Our motion is now faster and this is important because of the long straight, but also the speed cornering is good. "
Only the weather could disturb this perfect harmony, but it wouldn’t be that bad even so: "The problem could be given the time, that Sunday could be completely different than today, as always prefer to run with the dry, but I believe that we can be in good shape even in wet weather."
Rossi also refers to his fellow teammate’s awful incident and hopes or the best: "I am sorry for the fall of Lorenzo, was ugly and I hope that it can recover in time to run Sunday".