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Rossi to rely on Hayden's set-up



Valentino Rossi is hoping to get more out of his Ducati at Estoril this weekend, admitting he could once again rely on teammate Nicky Hayden's set-up.

Rossi has had a trying start to his 2012 campaign, finishing tenth in Qatar and ninth at the last race in Jerez.

However, while the Italian's result last Sunday was by no means what he wants, Rossi says he definitely felt better on his Ducati as the 27-lap progressed.

"We have to start this weekend from the last laps of Jerez, because at the end of the race my rhythm was not so bad and I did some good lap times," he told Autosport.

"The target here is to work on the same settings tomorrow, to try and arrive at Saturday afternoon with better speed and try and improve our position in qualifying.

"This is the target for this weekend and to understand how to arrive at 100 percent with this bike and these settings."

The seven-time MotoGP Champion also confirmed that he had swapped to Hayden's set-up at the Jerez outing and is set to let his teammate take the lead this weekend as well as Hayden seems to have the trick to getting more out of the bike.

"Generally speaking the bike of Nicky is a bit more low and long, mine is a bit more high and short. This is the difference, speaking in an easy way.

"The performances of Nicky have been better than us in these two races, so it means that maybe that setting is better. Also, that setting is close to what Ducati usually needs to be fast."

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