BUSY DAY'S TESTING FOR ROSSI AT ISTANBUL PARK Valentino Rossi was back in the saddle in Turkey today, keen to erase the memory of a disappointing Turkish Grand Prix with an afternoon of hard work on his Yamaha YZR-M1. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate...
BUSY DAY'S TESTING FOR ROSSI AT ISTANBUL PARK
Valentino Rossi was back in the saddle in Turkey today, keen to erase the memory of a disappointing Turkish Grand Prix with an afternoon of hard work on his Yamaha YZR-M1. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Colin Edwards was forced to sit out today's test and rest his swollen knee, which he hit hard when he was knocked off during the first lap of yesterday's race.
Rossi completed 66 laps and spent the entire time working on tyres with Michelin, both in order to gather more information about the tyre problem which forced him into tenth place yesterday and with a view to gathering information for the next race. Rossi's best lap of the day was a 1'54.0 on race tyres, which put him 12th in the order according to the unofficial lap times. The MotoGP paddock now has a week's rest before reconvening in Shanghai for the Grand Prix of China.
Davide Brivio Fiat Yamaha Team Director
"Today we decided it was better if Colin rested because he had some pain and a lot of swelling in his knee following yesterday's unlucky crash. It's not a serious injury but together we agreed it would be better for him to stay off the bike and save himself for China. As a result Valentino had a lot of work to do because he had to take on some of Colin's workload. We tried some things in order to gather information to help Michelin to understand what happened yesterday, and then tested many tyres in order to find a way forward for China. We learnt a lot and we think we've found a good direction for the next race. Now Yamaha and Michelin will work on this information together and hopefully we can have a better race in Shanghai."