Rossi: 'We found some positive things'

But Ducati rider unable to unleash the GP12's full potential

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Submitted by Ben Cope on Thu, 07/06/2012 - 09:42

VALENTINO Rossi was the slowest Ducati rider at yesterday's Aragon test but despite this, he says it was a good test.

Rossi was eighth fastest with a time of 1m 50.369s, two places behind team mate Nicky Hayden in sixth and 0.17 seconds off the leading Ducati, Hector Barbera who clocked a 1m 50.196s, fifth fastest. Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo was quickest, with a 1m 49.187s

"I had a small problem at the end of the session" said Rossi. “It went pretty well because it was important to do some riding at this track, where I didn’t know all the ‘secrets.’ I’m just sorry to have had a small problem at the end of the session. Maybe a cable in the ECU broke, so I was stuck in the garage for fifteen minutes, which prevented me from using the second soft tyre that I had available. Otherwise, I think I could have been a little bit better. We didn’t have enough time to try the aluminium swingarm again, but since we found some positive things, we can say that it was a good test.”

Rossi is clearly trying: he completed 78 laps during the test, where the other riders averaged 57 laps.

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