Valentino Rossi had a very positive opening day at Assen in mixed conditions finishing fourth overall and second in dry conditions, whilst his Yamaha Factory Racing team-mate Jorge Lorenzo crashed out causing
|Rossi is on the pace at Assen
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
him to break his left collarbone.
Following a positive testing day at Aragon, the Italian kept his fast pace in the dry FP1 and was just 0.695s off his team-mates time of 1.35.263. At a track he has won at seven times at in the past, Rossi was feeling strong ahead of the weekend and had high hopes for the result, but he still has work to do in the dry set-up. In wet conditions the nine times world champion finished in second position, 0.252s behind Marquez’s time – Rossi set a time of 1.47.869.
As well as explaining his set-up of his YZR-M1, Rossi also expressed his sympathy towards his team-mate Lorenzo who broke his left collarbone this afternoon“It’s been a positive day for us because in the dry it was not so bad this morning, we continued to work with our new setting and the first impression was positive, although we still have to work to improve. We had something important to try this afternoon in the dry but unfortunately it was wet. Anyway we continued our work in the wet and it was a good practice, we did a good job with our new setting and the bike was also very good in the wet. I improved lap by lap; I had good pace and I was in second position. We have to continue to work in both conditions, everybody knows here in Assen it can be wet or dry. Unfortunately Jorge had a big crash and an injury. It’s a great pity for Yamaha, for the Team and for him as he is fighting for the Championship. I hope that he comes back as soon as possible, hopefully for the next race in Sachsenring. I hope to do a good result because I am now the man of the team for Yamaha, for the Factory team and all the guys.”