“We’ll get better" assures reigning MotoGP World Champion.
Casey Stoner may have set the early pace in Qatar with a storming practice time, but MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi drew positive conclusions from the first session of the 2009 season. At what he described on Thursday as the scene of his ‘worst race of 2008’, the Fiat Yamaha man saw potential for further improvement in the two forthcoming Saturday sessions.
‘It was a good session. We are already close to the top, and we already have some ideas from the last test on how to improve the grip levels,” said Rossi after clocking a 1’57.439 time (0.386 slower than Stoner’s lap) on a circuit that had only had 1.5hours worth of riding undertaken beforehand to clear up the lines.
“The new setting is working well, and we have more confidence now when compared to the test that we had here. Now is only the first practice; we’ll get faster.”
The previous test had seen prior rainfall and cold temperatures cause problems for the riders, and the Italian felt the difference in conditions to some extent on Friday.
“I can ride the bike feeling that it is more under control. With lower temperatures it was perhaps dangerous at times before.”
Rossi will be back on track with the rest of the MotoGP riders for the second free practice session for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, on Saturday at 7.05pm local time.