Rossi Misses Day 2 of Sepang Test Due to Flu

Valentino Rossi needed every minute of pre-season testing to get used to his new Ducati Desmosedici GP11 this winter, yet causes independent from his will have sidelined him for Day 2 of the current Sepang group test.

In addition to struggling with his shoulder injury in testing – which allegedly takes some 0.3 seconds off his lap times in Sepang – the Doctor was unable to resume action with Ducati on Tuesday due to a flu.

The Italian rider was feeling weakened by fever and a cold when he arrived at the track this morning, and after consulting with the team and with doctors from the Clinica Mobile, he returned to his hotel, where he underwent anti-flu treatment,” stated the press release from Ducati on the medical condition of its leading rider.

There is no news on how his medical situation has progressed until now, but Ducati hopes it will have Rossi up and ready for tomorrow's last day of testing Sepang. Wednesday's action will be his last chance to feel the bike prior to the season opener in Qatar next month.

With Rossi out of the picture, Ducati failed to get into the Top 10 at the end of the testing session, as Nicky Hayden barely made it to 11th overall. Despite experiencing a gearbox issue late in the session, the American pins hopes on the last day of testing for some positive feedback from his GP11.

Our gap to the front is still quite big, but we’ve definitely managed to get the chatter a lot better. It’s not completely cured, but it’s good enough that we can focus on some other stuff. I’ve got a lot of work to do tomorrow, so hopefully we can take a big step and leave here positive,” said the Kentucky Kid.
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