Rossi expecting tough 2017 season

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Following a grueling eight hour test session at Sepang,
Valentino Rossi is expecting a challenging 2017 season on the

Day three in Malaysia would end with Rossi’s new Movistar
Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales at the top of the timesheet.
While Rossi was just two tenths off the pace, he was down in
fifth place.

In fact, seven riders would finish within three tenths of
second behind the top placed Vinales, who replaced Jorge
Lorenzo at Yamaha.

“At the end the test is positive, because my lap time was
good,” the veteran told

“My final lap of 1m59.5s is not so bad. We are all very close.
But especially we find a lot of good things for the bike.
Especially this afternoon, we worked more on the new chassis,
and I feel good. At the end we found something interesting to

“It was a difficult test because it was very long but we found
something positive. All the new stuff – not all, but the major
part – is good. 

“The problem is that the first riders are all very close and
all very fast. Together on the time attack but also on the
pace. So I think that it will be a very tough fight.”

The Doctor will get his 18th MotoGP season underway at the
Grand Prix of Qatar on 26 March. 

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