Rossi "expected to go better today"

Bet he didn’t expect to be battling CRT’s again…

Photo: YamahaMotoGP

Yamaha MotoGP team’s Valentino Rossi struggled in today’s qualifying session, the first of which at the Circuit of The Americas, in Texas. The Italian will start tomorrow’s race from 8th of the grid, after setting a best time of 2m 5.380s, over 2 seconds behind Marc Marquez.

Rossi has been unable to utilise his work from the previous visit to the Austin circuit, due to struggling with a braking problem all weekend.

He finished very closely behind Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista, and came under fire throughout the Q2 session from Power Electronics CRT rider, Aleix Espargaro, who has been on fire throughout the weekend. In fact, Aleix put his Aprilia ahead of Rossi in the final minutes of the session. However, the Italian came back and just saved himself from embarrassment on his final flying lap at the flag, beating the Spaniard by 9 thousandths of a second. You can wipe the sweat off your forehead now, Valentino…

After coming into the weekend looking for a podium, it seems Rossi now feels that may be a tad out of reach, if the braking issues remain come Sunday. “We expected to go better today but we were unable to fix the problem in braking, especially in the first part, and I lose too much time. We still have tomorrow, we knew that this weekend on this track it could be difficult and in fact it is. We have to make a good race and try to take as many points as we can.”

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