|The Doctor wasn’t too happy with qualifying…
Photo: Yamaha Racing
It was mixed fortunes for the Yamaha Factory Racing team at Qatar this evening, as champion Jorge Lorenzo took pole position whilst team mate Valentino Rossi was knocked off the second row and into 7th place in a competitive session under the new qualifying rules.
With only 15 minutes to set a fast lap, most riders did around two runs – 9 time world champion Valentino Rossi claims he made a mistake in his first run that cost him a decent time therefore he knew he had to improve on the second tyre he used, however claims he got stuck in traffic when attempting a fast lap: “The qualifying was not fantastic for us, especially as we lost the second row. Our performance during free practice was better than this, we’ll wait for tomorrow. Unfortunately in the qualifying session with the second tyre where we had to improve I was stuck in traffic so I could not improve my lap time and I lost some positions. For sure tomorrow it becomes more difficult to start from further behind but we have a good pace so we can be quite competitive.”