|Rossi fell victim to a front end crash in hot qualifying session
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Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi secured his best qualifying of 2013 at Jerez, despite crashing out in the closing minutes of Q2.
The nine times world champion has finished each session in the top five this weekend and Saturday was no different. Rossi lost the front with 2 minutes left of Q2, leaving him unable to improve his time. ‘The Doctor’ qualified in the middle of the second row, 0.627 back from teammate and pole man Jorge Lorenzo.
Rossi revealed “Today the practices were not so bad. The position is the best qualifying for us this year. The second row is quite good; we can also do better. Unfortunately at the end I had a crash but I’m ok, I don’t have any problems so we are more or less ready for tomorrow. The bigger issue is how high the rhythm will be with the used tyre. Especially with the hot conditions the rear tyre slides a lot so it is important to see how high the rhythm is after seven or eight laps. Now we try to make the best setting and we will see tomorrow.”