Continuing on from the team's online presentation -sent across the world on February 12th of this year- Fiat Yamaha concluded the two-part unveiling of their 2009 project with a press conference in their hospitality suite on Friday evening.
Last out on track, Valentino Rossi made the most of the five remaining hours of Saturday testing in Jerez to record the second fastest time of the day. The Fiat Yamaha rider appeared on track shortly after 1pm, electing against riding in the wet conditions left behind by some early rainfall. He ended the day with a 1'39.861 fastest time from 65 laps, and a confident outlook on the final day of preseason.
Casey Stoner's goal this year is clear. He aims to reclaim the MotoGP title from Valentino Rossi having seen the Italian run away with the championship in 2008, as the Australian endured an inconsistent campaign and his 2007 title slipped from his grasp.
Yamaha's mass production YZF-R1 superbike has more in common with Valentino Rossi's feral M1 than ever before, now that a key component of championship-winning MotoGP engine technology has trickled down to the track-ready street bike.
At the Mugello 2008 Grand Prix race, Valentino wore a helmet that left everyone on hand speechless.
Reacting to qualifying second at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on Saturday MotoGP title holder Valentino Rossi was in a positive frame of mind ahead of the first race of the year, though he admits he and his team have plenty of work to do on Sunday.
The Italian will be trying to prevent poleman Casey Stoner from registering a hat-trick of Qatar wins as the 2009 season gets underway and says there are some points on the track where he couldn't match the Australian on Saturday.
Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo qualified just 0.024s behind his illustrious second placed colleague Valentino Rossi on the Qatar grid on Saturday, but as he commences his second season in MotoGP the Spaniard is playing down his chances in Sunday's race.
Casey Stoner almost made the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar look easy, but the Australian revealed after his third consecutive victory at the Losail International Circuit that a lot of concentration and adaptation was needed over the course of the 22-lap race.
A fuel consumption issue had Stoner modifying his style as he streaked out in front, and he explained afterwards that his turning up the heat later on was not a direct response to some fast times from rival Valentino Rossi.
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The Texas Tornado mastered the tricky weather conditions to take the psychological advantage ahead of afternoon qualifying at the Twin Ring track, which is likely to be run in very similar conditions as heavy rain continues to fall.
Eight-time MotoGP world champion, Valentino Rossi, has confirmed today that he will make his first visit to the world-famous Isle of Man TT races in June this year with Dainese, who recently renewed their current partnership with the Isle of Man TT races as Official Safety Partner for the second successive year. The company's founder and CEO Mr. Lino Dainese will accompany Rossi and Italian legend Giacomo Agostini on this historic visit.
It was Lorenzo's second consecutive pole at this track, having taken the top grid spot this time last year before finishing the race third.
Enjoying the Spanish sunshine on Sunday morning at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, and with yesterday's wind having died down, Valentino Rossi looked comfortable once more in the premier class warm-up at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.
Not normally happy with third place finishes Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner was a relieved man after the Gran Premio bwin.com de España concluded on Sunday, as he stepped onto the rostrum at the Spanish venue for the first time.
Having made a big step forward on Sunday at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España Valentino Rossi thanked his Fiat Yamaha crew for the changes they made to his bike, after qualifying, which helped him to his first win of 2009.
The MotoGP World Champion built on his two second places at Qatar and Japan with his Spanish success, to give himself an 11 point lead at the head of the standings after three races of his title-defence.