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Valentino Rossi ninth fastest in Motegi qualifying

'Ninth place certainly isn't the greatest, as I had hoped to start from the second row' - Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi had to settle for the third row during qualifying at Motegi after failing to hit his target of a top six position.

Rossi had set the fifth fastest time on his Factory Ducati Desmosedici during opening practice on Friday and had hoped to secure a similar result in qualifying.

The Italian MotoGP star ended up ninth quickest but was content with his time, which represents an improvement of 0.5s over his best lap at the Japanese circuit in 2011.

“The position, ninth place, certainly isn't the greatest, as I had hoped to start from the second row,” said Rossi, who was one second adrift of Jorge Lorenzo's pole time.

“Still, I think that we worked well. We improved in every session, and again in qualifying today we made good progress.

“1:45.9 is a nice time, half a second faster than last year, even though it wasn't enough to be further forward,” he added.

“Anyway, we managed to lap at a decent pace and more consistently, and that's positive.

“Tomorrow we'll see if it will be enough and if we'll be able to move up some positions.

“We'll also have to decide tomorrow which tyre to use, depending on what the temperature is.”


Tagged as: Ducati , Valentino Rossi

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Md Zane - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 6:15 PM

@mobilnas Unfortunately for Rossi the bike that is a evolution of his development is 2 years down the road now and under the development of Yorgi,wondering when Rossi will say that the Yammy isn't how it should be and I would like these changes made.I myself can't wait to the season is over to see how fast or slow Rossi is gonna be on the Yam Anyway Yorgi bossed him in 2010 when he was the no2 rider so whats gonna stop him doing that in 2013,nothing.



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