Rossi praying for rain in Spain
Valentino Rossi is confident Ducati can fight for the win at Jerez this weekend but only if it stays wet.
For the first time this season, there were signs of a smile from the Italian in the wake of Friday's wet running at the Spanish circuit as the Ducati rider brought his bike home in second place. Rossi was just 0.660s behind pace-setter Dani Pedrosa.
"We are happy with the practice," said the nine-time World Champion. "I am back near the top and finish in second position.
"It was important for us especially. Last year I was always quite competitive in the wet conditions so we had to confirm with the new bike is the same and it is quite good like last year.
"For me my feeling is that we are competitive in the wet, so if the conditions remain like this we can fight for a good result."
However, Rossi did warn that if the conditions changed ahead of Sunday's MotoGP race he would once again suffer.
"Unfortunately," he said, "I expect that if it is in dry conditions we are not so competitive."