MotoGP: Valentino Rossi sets the pace on day two of testing in Jerez
Last Updated: 24/03/13 7:15pm
Valentino Rossi: Fastest in Jerez testing
Valentino Rossi topped the time charts on the second day of MotoGP testing at Jerez, edging out Yamaha factory team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.
The nine-time world champion put in 39 laps with a best time of one minute 39.525 seconds, with reigning world champion Lorenzo - who was fastest on Saturday - just 0.015 seconds behind.
British star Cal Crutchlow was third fastest on his Yamaha Tech3.
"Today's test session was very positive for us. I'm so happy, especially because we used a different style of setting," said Rossi.
"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."
Lorenzo said he found the slippery conditions difficult. "The track was dry but not in perfect condition. There was not so much grip and we had some problems in some corners, where the bike was not very stable.
"The track is not in the best condition, it's dry but it's not perfect because of the rain. I think we have to focus on getting more stability on acceleration and get more comfortable with the race pace."
The third and final day of testing is on Monday with the 2013 season getting underway in Qatar on April 13.