Valentino Rossi is turning his attention to race day for the Indianapolis Grand Prix as his difficult weekend around the 'Brickyard' continued with just ninth on the grid in qualifying.

The slowest of the four Yamahas, and the worst qualifying performance since his M1 return, Rossi came away from the session complaining of braking and corner entry issues as he struggled to make an improvement when it mattered at the end of the session.

Praising team-mate Jorge Lorenzo's effort to qualify on the front row, Rossi admits it could be a tough race.

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"Jorge did a fantastic job! I tried but when I put on the soft tyre I have more problems with the front and I cannot push a lot," he said.

"Here it is a little bit like the beginning of the season. This track, I think, is the worst for me. Always struggling a lot. During the full practice, we tried to do everything, but at the end it was not enough.

"I have very much problem, especially with braking on entry. I can arrive to a level, and after, when I try more, I have too much movement on the front. I do some mistakes. I lose a lot of feeling.

"Tomorrow for the race, about the pace, we are not very far. But anyway, there are a lot of people that are fast and also constant. So we have to try to improve the pace, and we have to decide to use which rear tyre.

"It's a bad result today. Tomorrow I expect will be another tough race."