Sepang tests: Rossi: the M1 is OK but physically I'm not.

Valentino Rossi leaves Malaysia with more positives than negatives. “Though my time wasn't exceptional, I'm 6th overall and 5th today, only a couple of tenths from Vinales, who set an amazing time”, summarises the Doctor.

He is also part of the group of eleven riders that, in the combined times, are all within 4 tenths of each other.

“We are all very close, I expect a tough battle this year - he comments - I had good sensations working with the new frame. In the afternoon, we were able to make some changes that allowed me to ride better, we've made a very good start”.

How is the new frame better?

"In general! - laughs Valentino, avoiding the question - I'm very curious to test the bike at Phillip Island, on a very different track. We still have work to do, also on my physical condition because I'm not in top shape”.

Rossi tried a race simulation, but stopped after ten laps.

“We decided to start with the soft tyre, but it was too..... soft and after 6 or 7 laps I had to slow down  - he explains - Anyway, that gave us some interesting information. I also tested the new Michelin tyres. How are they? Some a little better and others a little worse”.

Sepang MotoGP test times - Wednesday (Final):

1. ^ Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 59.368s [Lap 40/72] 
2. ^ Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 59.506s +0.138s [18/85] 
3. ^ Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 59.553s +0.185s [9/56] 
4. ^ Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 59.578s +0.210s [64/67] 
5. ˅ Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 59.589s +0.221s [50/62] 
6. ˅ Alvaro Bautista ESP Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 59.628s +0.260s [10/64] 
7. NA Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 59.639s +0.271s [8/46] 
8. ^ Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 59.728s +0.360s [67/71] 
9. ˅ Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 59.767s +0.399s [29/66] 
10. ˅ Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 59.772s +0.404s [42/45] 
11. ˅ Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 0.045s +0.677s [45/49] 
12. ^ Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 0.057s +0.689s [58/60] 
13. ˅ Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 0.108s +0.740s [21/53] 
14. ^ Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 0.310s +0.942s [51/53] 
15. ˅ Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 0.312s +0.944s [25/54] 
16. ^ Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 0.439s +1.071s [9/70] 
17. ˅ Karel Abraham CZE Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 0.445s +1.077s [11/38] 
18. ˅ Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 0.537s +1.169s [15/50] 
19. ˅ Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 0.645s +1.277s [55/74] 
20. ˅ Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 0.873s +1.505s [32/58] 
21. ^ Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2m 1.338s +1.970s [61/62] 
22. = Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 1.341s +1.973s [7/43] 
23. ˅ Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2m 1.506s +2.138s [14/67] 
24. ^ Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 1.658s +2.290s [28/30] 
25. ˅ Takuya Tsuda JPN Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) 2m 2.769s +3.401s [59/68] 


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