MotoGP: Unsuccessful Brno test for Rossi

Struggling former champ can't find ideal setup

VALENTINO Rossi could only manage 10th fastest time in the post-MotoGP Brno test session yesterday.

The Italian GP guru has his work cut-out if he's to claw back victory from Ducati's on-form young gun, Casey Stoner.

It was back to the drawing board for Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards as they embarked on the two-day test at Brno. The sun shone until mid-afternoon when it clouded over, eventually giving way to rain at about 4.30 pm.

The main focus of the test for both riders was tyre testing with Michelin and they worked through a variety of new material as they tried to find a better package for the remaining six races.

Rossi also got the chance to complete some laps with a new-specification engine, with which he will continue working on today (Tuesday)

Colin Edwards: Position: 6th Time: 1'58.81 Laps: 51

"Michelin brought a lot of new stuff for us to try here today and I think, in total, I tried about four fronts and maybe five rears before the rain came. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like we've found a miracle yet!

"We're in a difficult situation but I am determined to give 110% to help Michelin get back to where they should be. I tried a new shock for Ohlins as well and some starting maps and electronics and everything else seems to be feeling pretty good. We've got another day tomorrow so let's hope it stays dry so we can get through the remainder of our testing programme."

Valentino Rossi: Position: 10th Time: 1'59.20 Laps: 66

"We tried a new engine today and I completed about 25 laps with it. Initially we haven't found that it's a lot faster, but anyway this is only the very first step so we need some more time to understand it better and to see how it can help us.

"Tomorrow we will continue to work with it again, for part of the day at least. We also did some work with tyres, but so far we haven't found anything special. We tried some new fronts but then, when we started to work with some new rear tyres it started to rain and so we weren't able to finish our work.

"Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to use the whole day, because we still have a lot of work to get through and this is a very important test for us."

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