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"We got a late start because the track was not in good shape after the overnight rain. Nobody was in a hurry to go out. When we did we all went together and cleaned up the track a little," explained the American.
"We ran comparison chassis tests and confirmed what we learned at Phillip Island. The guys changed the geometry a little on the 2008 chassis and the bike had a better balance so we made some progress there.
"Michelin gave me a couple of rear tyres I really liked, one 16 inch and one 16.5 both have good grip on the edge of the tyre and the bike felt a lot better! We will keep on working on the chassis tomorrow and test more tyres," he added.
"Today was a good day of work," declared Rossi, whose best race-tyre lap was half a second clear of Hayden. "We started well this morning and made a good step this afternoon. The biggest improvement was found by working on the front tyre. We fixed a lot of vibration which had given me a problem at the first test, so we were able to go very fast on the race tyre.
"Last time we were here we worked just on the tyres. We did a base setting then worked on the tyre, because it was the beginning. Now we have clear ideas so we've started working on the bike. We've modified the balance, the setting, the stiffness - more up, more down - and we have some positive feeling.
"I am also better than last time we were here," confirmed the former five-times
MotoGP world champion. "I had to stop training for a month [due to his fractured hand, sustained at the Valencia season finale] so I was not at the maximum before. This time I am in a better shape, because I have been able to train."
"The [pneumatic] engine is the same spec as last time," he confirmed. "It is already a little bit faster than last year's engine and we are waiting for some new parts to arrive in time for the first race. The pneumatic-valve engine also helps in acceleration; it is a little bit easier to ride. It has a lot of potential."
"Itīs not easier to ride, but I donīt need something easier, I need something faster." - Nicky Hayden #69
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