Rossi 'positive' after Jerez race

Rossi feeling more optimistic for the next races

VALENTINO ROSSI is feeling more positive after Jerez, where the Italian finished in ninth position after qualifying back on the fifth row in 13th.

Rossi's breakthrough came after switching a more "Ducati setting" after warm-up, a set-up from his team-mate Nicky Hayden. Over the course of the race Rossi felt more comfident with this set-up, being able to brake harder and find better corner entry. However, he says he will still have to adjust his riding style to suit the Desmosedici more and will begin at Estoril this Friday.

“The positive thing from today’s race is that I think it might help us to do a bit better in the coming events, starting next week in Portugal," started Rossi. "Today we used a setup that’s new for us, and it gave some positive signs.

"First we tried some solutions to give me a feeling similar to what I’ve had in the past, but it doesn’t work. Today’s setting was very similar to what Nicky has used for a while, though not exactly the same. I must get used to riding the bike a bit differently than I’m used to, and today that caused me to lose some ground in the early laps because I was basically starting blind.

"I wasn’t going bad once I found my rhythm, in the sense that I was matching the times of those who were fighting for sixth place, and I was able to push until the end, doing a 1:41.0 on the penultimate lap. This helps me to be a little more optimistic as I look ahead to the next races because if I’m able to ride a bit better, it could be a place for us to start from. In fact, we’ll use this setting when we start on Friday.

"Naturally, we’ll have to keep working, be more effective in qualifying so that we can start further forward, and improve acceleration and a number of other things, which we’ve already discussed at Ducati as we try, together, to improve the GP12.”

The performance of team-mate Hayden is surely inspiring for the seven-time MotoGP champion, as the American was amongst the front-runners in the opening stages of the race and performed a fantastic pass around the outside at turn six.

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