Valentino Rossi, the fastest on the first day in Sepang
Valentino Rossi, the fastest on the first day in Sepang

Today was the day that Valentino Rossi premiered the new Bridgestone classification tires on his Yamaha, and according to his statements, the Italian has not done badly at all. Rossi has uttered the words that make the seven-time champion outright fearful: "I enjoyed myself." If Valentino enjoys riding his bike again, we may have a sensational year ahead of us.

Regarding the times, we cannot take too much account of Rossi's, almost 2 seconds ahead of 2nd classified, Nicky Hayden, because he was the only one to mount qualifying tires. However, in race conditions, Rossi also set the tone throughout the day. Neither the Ducati, nor the Suzuki, nor the official Kawasaki riders are in these tests, so, above all due to the absence of the Italians (well, of Stoner, basically), we are missing a definitive element of judgment. These have been the times of the first day in Sepang:

1 Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 2.00.300 64 2 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda 2.01.949 80 3 Shinya Nakano Honda Gresini 2.02.317 55 4 Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 2.02.654 57 5 Alex de Angelis Honda Gresini 2.03.231 41 6 Oliver Jacque Kawasaki Racing 2.03.655 55 7 Yoshikawa Yamaha Test 2.06.356 66 8 Tamaki Serizawa Kawasaki Racing 2.06.874 55 9 Fujiwara Yamaha Test 2.07.319 58