“We have worked on the first lap and improving the setting of the bike and every time I tried today I was quite strong from the beginning, but we know that Jorge is always a bit stronger,” said Rossi. “Jorge will start from second place tomorrow and usually his start is very good so we'll need to give the maximum and ride like in qualifying for the first two laps.”
With today's qualifying ran in much cooler conditions than the opening day of running it played to the strengths of the Yamaha. Rossi is hoping for similar conditions during tomorrow's race because the warmer conditions put greater strain on the engine in terms of outright performance but also crucially in terms of fuel economy.
With Rossi having ran out of fuel on the cool down lap at Silverstone and having lost a lot of power at Misano it was a concern coming to Aragon, but after qualifying Rossi was confident that it won't be an issue during the race.
"We hope that tomorrow the temperature is not hotter because in higher temperatures we suffer more to the Honda's and it's the same with fuel consumption, but I'm not very worried and I don't think that it will be a big issue."
Rossi, winner at Assen this year, has finished fourth at the last four races.
Rossi and team-mate Lorenzo are believed to have 'opened' their fifth and final engine of the season this weekend at Aragon, round 14 of 18.