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MotoGP Aragon: Gearbox problem slows Rossi

Ducati's Valentino Rossi didn't make the greatest of starts in today's opening MotoGP free practice sessions as a broken gearbox slowed his track time in the second period and he ended the day eighth fastest.

The Doctor usually revels in the wet but had to switch to his second bike, which was on dry settings, when some internals malfunctioned and he ran out of time to push hard for a fast lap while team-mate Nicky Hayden managed to secure fourth place.

“We had a problem with the gearbox on the bike we were using, and I lost a bit of time in the garage. We had to prepare the second one in a hurry, and then I rode with that. It’s a shame because with these conditions, the tyres only get up to temperature after a few laps, so when I was able to go back out, I didn’t have time to push hard," said Rossi.

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"Our potential is certainly better than this. We can be more competitive, and we’ll try tomorrow in qualifying which, according to the forecasts, could be wet like today. We’ll try to get a good starting position and then we’ll see for Sunday, because it looks as if the race might be dry.”

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