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Rossi only eighth in qualifying

Valentino Rossi's worst qualifying session since 2008.
Valentino Rossi's rollercoaster season took another twist at Phillip Island as the Italian, a race winner for the first time since April in last weekend's Sepang race, was left eighth on the grid in qualifying - his worst grid position since 2008.

The Australian event has special significance for Rossi, since it is the home round of his predominately Australian pit crew and a track he loves.

But the Italian superstar struggled for set-up, and then was held up on his soft tyre runs.

All of which contributed to the outgoing seven time world champion being left 1.52sec from Casey Stoner's pole - and the slowest of the four Yamahas.

"I was really unlucky today because with each of the softer tyres, when I think I could have improved a bit, I had problems," said Rossi.

"First it was Espargaro, then Hayden's bike on the track and then it began to rain, so I couldn't use any of the tyres how I wanted in the end.

"We start from the third row, which will be very hard, especially because our race pace isn't that strong and we don't have the right set-up yet. We need to work hard tonight and tomorrow morning to try to improve.

"The conditions aren't good and it's a great pity because this is a fantastic track but you can't enjoy it in this cold, because it takes so long for the tyres to get to the right temperature. Tomorrow will be hard, but we will see what we can do."

After a bad start, Rossi rode from 13th on lap one to first at Sepang last weekend.

Rossi also rode from 12th on the grid to second in the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.



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Did anyone see the "Great One" wildly waving his arms around at Esparargo for daring to be on the same piece of track that he wanted..... Where are the Fanboys now? If it was Stoner, they'd be screaming from the rooftops,,,,funny that, all silent

G-UNIT - Unregistered

October 16, 2010 12:13 PM

Look guys - Rossi is naturally sensible - yes he didn't have the best qualifying season as it was hampered with a few unfortunate incidents that were beyond his control. You have to appreciate that he CAN take risks and come closer to the front but since he is still recovering from injuries (shoulder and leg - which is almost good), we have to remember he is taking CALCULATED risks - I am sure he is sensible enough to know what he is doing - all we fans can do is speculate. I believe if it wasn't for the rain, the way he was held up, he would have been closer to the front - I would say between 6th - 3rd position. He does not moan a lot but speaks his mind. Imagine you in his position? The condition of the track with the weather makes this race a little disappointing as riders are unable to ride at their optimium... They should move it to a different month where it's warmer... The picture would be different... Looking forward to the race and I hope Lorenzo does not win!



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