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Rossi Hoping Rain Stays Away For Qualifying

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Valentino Rossi is praying that tomorrow's track action at the Sachsenring will take place in dry conditions despite showing the Ducati's competitiveness in the wet again. The Italian was fifth in the rain-affected FP2 session but with work to be done on his dry set-up, Rossi is desperate for more dry track time.

“We still have some things to resolve for our dry setup, but we're fast in the wet: fifth, but three tenths from the top. We know that we're competitive in those conditions. This morning I tried doing some consecutive laps with the hard tyre to try to understand which tyre to use on Sunday. It will be a difficult choice because the soft is a bit faster in the beginning, but then it becomes difficult to manage, while the hard is a bit slower but is more consistent. As far as the setup is concerned, we must improve mainly in the second and third sectors, so we hope the weather will be more stable tomorrow.”

Rossi was eleventh in the dry, four places behind Nicky Hayden and the American's day was in contrast to his teammate's. Hayden was comfortable in the dry before struggling in the wet but he is sure where he can improve.

“Overall, it was a decent day. My outright lap time wasn't great, but my consistency was pretty good and we were able to make little gains on most of our exits. This morning we did all the sessions with a hard rear tyre, so I was looking forward to trying the soft in the afternoon. Because of the rain, we didn't get to do that, but hopefully we'll get a chance tomorrow to see if it helps close the gap a bit. In the rain, it was kind of hard to get the feeling at first. The track felt very slippery and it was a bit windy, but as the laps went by I was able to improve my rhythm. I didn't have great feedback from the rear on corner entry, but we have a couple of ideas that might help if it rains again.”

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