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Catalunya MotoGP: Improving qualifying key for Rossi

"It is a lot about the strategy of having a clear lap and also no one behind you" - Valentino Rossi.
By Stephen English

The Catalan MotoGP has been a happy hunting ground for Valentino Rossi, with the Italian having won a record nine times at the track.

Returning to the scene of so much success obviously gives Rossi confidence and at the pre-race press conference he said:

"This weekend is maybe one of the best three, I love this track. The layout is fantastic and it is always fun to ride MotoGP on this track and Barcelona is a great city."

After such a disappointing run of races, including a first lap exit after clashing with Alvaro Bautista last time at Mugello, Rossi knows that it is crucial to find good form at Montmelo but he saw lots of positives from his home race even though it ended early.

He did however admit that the new qualifying format is still a problem for him and something that he needs to improve upon this weekend with a top six qualifying effort his target:

"Apart from the race Mugello was a positive race for me and my team but we still have to go faster, especially on Saturday afternoon. I am not strong enough and the other riders are able to go improve more their laptime.

"But except for [the race crash] I had a good pace in all the practices but we need to make another step and start in the second row.

"For me the main problem is that with just 15 minutes [in Qualifying 2] it is very difficult to understand the right moment to go on the track. You have to improve your lap time but be very careful not to have another rider behind.

“If you go faster and give a good slipstream maybe two or three riders can overtake you and you start behind them. It is a lot about the strategy of having a clear lap and also no one behind you."

Rossi is sixth in the championship standings, after 5 of 18 rounds.



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Enigmatic

June 14, 2013 2:43 AM

Some people here just need to shut there tr*ps. Rossi this Rossi that, Rossi retire . Can we just enjoy the race. Cal will only have the opportunity to ride this bike after 2014 and the chances are slim. So stop wishing, hoping and repeating the same statements over and over again, shows you've ran out of words. Brains prob out of service. U guys take the cake Thumbs up to the anyone who wins this race.

Balance

June 13, 2013 10:50 PM

Sete Think a bit, If Rossi dont make points he have to go down on the Championchip!! The crash at Mugello was what cause Rossi to loss is place for Dovi or do you really think that Dovi would beat Rossi at Mugello?? Keep dreaming if you think that because Ducati still have a lot to improve..! About Cal 4sure he is proving that he learn a lot year by year but why he deserve the factory Yamaha?? i think first he need to finish this year beating Rossi and then after that Yamaha can think on give him a chance because Rossi have 2 year contract, but you have to think again because do you think Cal will be the number one rider at Yamaha? also do you think that is corrente bike have any big diference to the factory? i mean only Lorenzo is using the latest chassi the 2013 spec 2, Rossi didnt find any diference and use the olde version the 2013 spec 1, Cal is using the latest chassi from 2012 or maybe he allready have the 2013 spec 1 we never know that but at least he had have the 2013 engine



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