Valentino Rossi says his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo's current form is 'bad news' for his championship prospects after Spaniard clinched his third victory in a row this season at Mugello.

Lorenzo dominated the Italian Grand Prix to win from Andrea Iannone, with Rossi finishing on the podium in third as his title advantage was cut to six points ahead of round seven, which takes place at Lorenzo's home circuit at Catalunya.

Rossi managed to haul himself onto the rostrum after struggling in qualifying, starting the race from row three in eighth place, but the nine-time world champion is only too aware that he will need to find something extra to halt Lorenzo's sensational run of form.

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"To arrive on the podium is not so bad, we want to try better to fight with Jorge but today it was impossible," Rossi said.

"The good thing is that our bike works very well. In the first half of the season I was stronger, but now Jorge has come back with an incredible pace and he is the only one that can arrive at the maximum of the bike and take all the potential from the bike.

"He recovered on me a lot of points with these three victories and now we are quite close," he added.

"It's also true that the race of today is very bad for [Marc] Marquez and the other rides closer in the championship because the two Yamahas have more gap.

"This is good news for me, but at the same time it is bad news the shape of Jorge because he is very fast, so to try to fight with him we have to be faster and more competitive."

Rossi was unable to find the pace he needed in qualifying to earn a higher position on the front two rows of the grid and he lost ground at the beginning of the race, dropping back to 11th after losing confidence in the front in the early laps.

"In reality during the weekend I wasn't strong enough, I wasn't fast enough in the practice. We were struggling and we tried to change but unfortunately except some good laps I was never at the top about the pace and it was difficult," he said.

"For the race we tried to change something with the bike, especially in the weak point with the change of direction, but it doesn't work - especially at the beginning because I had a big struggle with the new tyre and the full tank.

"I was very, very behind and I don't know the position because the start was not fantastic, so I tried to keep concentrating and ride at the maximum without risking too much because the front doesn't give me a very good feeling," Rossi added.

"Lap by lap [it was] coming a bit better and when I saw the second group behind Jorge, I thought today was not possible to arrive on the podium. But after, I saw that the front group had some issue because the condition was difficult today and everybody was having trouble I think with the front.

"I tried to recover and I passed Cal [Crutchlow] and it was also a good race, because I enjoyed it. When I arrived I overtook Dovi and Pedrosa. I wanted to try to beat Andrea and especially to try and not arrive on the last lap with Pedrosa because in the last corner and in the straight he was a lot stronger than me," he said.

"So I pushed a lot and did some good laps and I gained a little bit on Andrea, but I understand that my potential was not enough and to stay on the podium here in Mugello is always great."


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No Matter What it sure is a fun year !! Ross Lorenzo Marquez these three for the wins little Dani here n there Dovisioso will rattle the sabers but I don't see him as a real threat and maybe Ionone will give em a dose of fear great year l

No Matter What it sure is a fun year !! Ross Lorenzo Marquez these three for the wins little Dani here n there Dovisioso will rattle the sabers but I don't see him as a real threat and maybe Ionone will give em a dose of fear great year l

I don't think it's a coincidence that it's about to become a all Yamaha show with Rossi being back. I knew it would happen sooner or later and I think this is the reason Yamaha took him back. Now, Rossi has to find a way to get closer to his teammate during qualifying and he'll be right where needs to be. Also, I don't think the Honda just became a pig all of a sudden, I just think everyone else has upped their game. I'm not a engineer, that's just my opinion. Yamaha and Lorenzo are reaping the benefits of having Rossi in their squad. When he asks for something, they jump in giving it to him because, they know, if he needs it, it's something that will make the bike better for everyone.

I don't know about that. Something tells me that Rossi would've found a way to the podium today. No matter what. There's a reason why he's been on the podium every race this season. Maybe he's playing the long game. Also, no matter how "brilliant", "marvelous" or "dominant" Lorenzo has been in recent races, Rossi is still leading the championship right now. As far as I'm concerned, the championship is Rossi's to lose.