Valentino Rossi feels he has 'decent' pace at Phillip Island after securing a row three start for the penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship.
The factory Ducati rider was eighth fastest overall in a time of 1m 31.661s and is relatively satisfied to be close to the pace of Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista and a few tenths off the Tech 3 Yamahas of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso.
“Qualifying went okay, as my pace is more or less at the level of Bradl and Bautista, with the two Yamahas of Dovizioso and Crutchlow a little faster, but only by some tenths,” Rossi said.
“I'm pretty consistent. I did a 1:31.7, a decent time, with a tyre that had about 18 laps on it, so that's not bad as we approach the race.”
Chatter proved an issue for the Italian once again at the Australian circuit and Rossi plans some fine-tuning tweaks during warm-up in an effort to alleviate the problem as best as he can for the race.
“We have a little too much vibration and understeer with the soft tyre, so I wasn't able to improve much with it, although fortunately, it was just enough to make the third row,” he said.
“Tomorrow morning we'll try to refine the final details and then we'll see.
“It will be a long race, so we'll have to see what conditions we find and what pace we're able to do.”