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MotoGP Silverstone: Rossi: We were worried after day one

Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi was reasonably satisfied after qualifying sixth for the British MotoGP, admits he was 'worried' by pace on Friday
Valentino Rossi was taking the positives out of his sixth place qualifying position after conceding he was 'worried' by his time on Friday at the British MotoGP at Silverstone.

The Italian rider was languishing in 13th position after free practice but bounced back today to qualify sixth quickest on the Movistar Yamaha with a time of 2m 01.550s, albeit 0.721s down on Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.

Rossi, though, still feels he has more to come and was unhappy that he didn't manage to improve his best lap time by two or three tenths of a second.

“Today is a better day for us; yesterday was very bad and we were worried. Today we modified the bike and fortunately from the morning our pace and rhythm improved a lot, especially the feel with the bike,” he said.

“In the two practices today I stayed always in the top five and I enjoyed riding this morning and this afternoon.

“In general it's positive but personally I'm not fully happy about my qualifying; I'm not fully satisfied because I think I have better potential. I wasn't able to push to the maximum,” he added.

“The second row is quite good for the race but I think I can do two or three tenths better. Now we have to work tomorrow and we have some problem with the braking and entry in some places on the bumps.”

Rossi made some modifications to the balance of his M1 during the Brno test and although the changes made a difference at the Czech circuit, the set-up does not appear suited to Silverstone.

“In Brno, we modified something in the balance of the bike to improve the tyre life and it worked well. Yesterday, we tried to continue like this but for this track it is not good and we lose too much, especially on the bumps,” Rossi said.

“The main issue is with the feel from the front through the bumps. We have to do another step because for sure in the race the pace will be faster.”

Tagged as: Valentino Rossi , Marquez

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