Rossi: I’m ready for Phillip Island tests

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team, including rider Valentino Rossi, have arrived in Australia for their second test of the year at Phillip Island.

At the first tests at Sepang both the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were very quick and are hoping to do the same again on Wednesday at Phillip Island.

Michelin will be trying out a new specification of tyre due to the unique demands of the Phillip Island circuit.

In an interview with motogp.com, Rossi said he was ready and very happy to be testing the bike at the Australian circuit.

“After a few days of rest and working out at home, I’m ready for the second test of the season in Phillip Island. I’m very happy to test our bike at the Australian circuit.

“The temperatures will be high and this will be a good opportunity to gain other important data about the new tyres and the electronics. The test in Malaysia went very well for Yamaha,” said Rossi.

“We still need to improve but in general, I was very satisfied with the behaviour of the bike. Yamaha worked really hard during the winter and I‘m eager to test the bike at another track such as Phillip Island, where we usually are pretty fast. We have to stay focused.

“Our rivals are working a lot and already from the Australian Test many things can change. I feel good, I‘m continuing the physical preparation and it will be very important to return to the front immediately on track.

“We want to continue the work begun in Malaysia and continue testing new material and improve the bike for this season.”

The 2016 MotoGP season kicks off on March 20 with the Grand Prix of Qatar at the Losail International Circuit.

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