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Mon 05th Mar '12

MotoGP News - Rossi: 'I expected to do better'

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Rossi ends three-day test at Sepang in 10th and a second behind Stoner

 

DESPITE making small improvements to the Ducati Desmosedici GP12, Valentino Rossi still ended the second test down in tenth and a second behind Casey Stoner.

On the final day Rossi finished with a best time of 2:01.550, which was 1.077 seconds behind the best lap set by the Repsol Honda of Stoner on the same day. In testing so far, Rossi's best time at Sepang was a 2:00.824 at the first test at the Malaysian circuit, where he ended 1.2 seconds behind Stoner.

In the latest test the Italian was able reduce the gap between himself and the reigning champion, however he has slipped back five positions from the previous test ending up behind a host of satellite Hondas, Yamahas and the Pramac Ducati of Hector Barbera.

Commenting at the end of the three-day test, Rossi said: "One small positive note to the day is that we reduced the gap to the front a little bit. It was 1.2 seconds, and now it's 1 second. It's also nice that the new electronics work well, but it hurts being down on the timesheets compared to all the others.

"We tried a bunch of things in order to take a step forward from the first test, but unfortunately, we weren't able to do it and were actually worse. It was harder for me to ride well compared to three weeks ago, especially my corner speed. It's true that this test was more difficult in terms of weather and track conditions, but it seemed to affect us more than the others.

"Honestly, I expected to do better than tenth. We were also unfortunate because at the best part of the day, when I did a 2:01.5 and we had some tyres to try to lower the time further, we had a problem with the fork that cost us some time. Maybe without that we would have cut another three or four tenths and been further up, but our pace is still about seven tenths back. Honestly, that's not a huge amount, but anyway we're still behind.

"We're not pleased with how it went this time, but we have to try and work hard and see what happens at Jerez, where the track is very different than this one, with much different weather and temperatures. We'll see how we do there."

 

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