Rossi: I'm so happy

Vale is pleased to be back at the top

VALENTINO ROSSI has expressed satisfaction with his performance during the second day of testing at Jerez, proclaiming himself to be 'so happy' with the result. 

Despite a slow start on the first day, Rossi was able to narrowly edge out his Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo to place his name at the top of the leaderboard. It is the first time he has done so since his much-vaunted return to the team. 

Speaking after the test, he said: 'It's not important, but it's very important!

'I'm so happy, not just because of the position, but also because we modified some of the settings to adapt the M1 more to my style. 

'It is very important for us to understand this setting, which can help and effect my riding style - to ride the bike in a better way and stay more constant, especially with good lap times on old tyres. To make the first position with a time of 39.5 is good and also being as fast as Jorge. Me and my team are very happy with the pace and I think we will try to continue to work on this way.'

Rossi's decision to leave Ducati after two bleak seasons to return to Yamaha, with whom he won four world championships, has been the source of much speculation. The Doctor will no doubt be thinking he may have silenced some critics after his Sunday performance.