Valentino Rossi says it is crucial to expect the unexpected in Sunday's Qatar MotoGP.

Rossi qualified on the fourth row in tenth position on the Movistar Yamaha and half-a-second down on pole-sitter and reigning world champion Marc Marquez.

However, the Italian star feels there is little to choose between the riders forming the top ten, with Marquez perhaps the exception.

"Tomorrow we have to be ready for anything as anything could happen. The pace is very similar between everyone except Marquez who was impressive and did a good job," said Rossi.

"Also the other guys, [Dani] Pedrosa and [Jorge] Lorenzo are not very far, so we have to be ready for anything and maybe some strong first laps I think.

"I'm not very satisfied because I am just in tenth but I am only half a second from pole position and my lap time is not so bad. I have improved a lot," he added.

"We worked well on the bike and in the end 1m 55.0s is not so bad, it's seven tenths faster than last year for me so we made a good step. The problem is that the balance between everybody is very close; we are 12 riders within half a second."



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