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MotoGP Qatar: Ninth place Rossi ‘a lot more satisfied’

“I'm not happy about my position but I'm not far from 'pole'”
Valentino Rossi was 'a lot more satisfied' with day two at the season-opening Qatar MotoGP, despite staying ninth on the timesheets.

The Movistar Yamaha rider closed from 0.881s to 0.370s behind Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez on a day when the top 16 were covered by one-second.

“Sincerely I'm a lot more satisfied about today because at the end my minimum target was to stay in the top ten [to go straight through to Qualifying 2 on Saturday] and this practice already is unbelievable because there are ten bikes in three tenths!” Rossi said.

“So I'm not happy about my position but I'm not far from 'pole'."

The Italian, who appears more competitive over longer runs, added: “It will be very hard also tomorrow in qualifying but we improved the bike, the setting and my pace is not so bad. Very similar to the other top guys.

"We have to work a lot on the rear because maybe we can use the soft or the hard. So tomorrow will be important to understand which tyre to use for the race. At the moment it is 50/50.”

Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was one place and 0.084s ahead of Rossi, who finished a close second to Marquez in last year's race.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Valentino Rossi

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March 27, 2015 11:42 PM

crashnetdummies: Honda and Yamaha worked in opposite ways for the first 3 free practice. Marquez and Pedrosa with short, extremely fast runs when Rossi & Lorenzo did mostly longer runs, particularly on hard tyres. Rossi is starting to slowly outpace Lorenzo by the way, his pace is around 55'8, Lorenzo is in 56'0. Lorenzo's only chance to be a strong contender is to make the medium tyre work, don't know why he spent so much time on the harder option. It should be closer than first thought but Marquez and Pedrosa still remains the favorites for the race though. FP4 & WUP will be critical for the Yamaha riders.
Idk how anyone can disagree with your post. If people would actually look at the analysis by lap instead of just the fastest 1 off lap they would see that VR is doing more 55's than anyone besides MM. Dovi had 2 more 55's than rossi in FP3 but less in FP2 . Lorenzo did a long run and didn't even go under 1:56 in fp3


March 28, 2015 8:06 AM

The problem with so many riders on super softs is that it doesn't put more riders in with a chance of puts more riders in a position to spoil the race for the quicker guys.

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