|Rossi had high hopes before the weekend
Valentino Rossi had a difficult day at the office in qualifying compared with the first day of the Le Mans GP. As a result, the Italian will start tomorrow’s race from 8th position, behind Alvaro Bautista.
Rossi came into the weekend as one of the favourites for the win and looked very promising yesterday when he finished ahead of his team mate Jorge Lorenzo. Today it seemed he had more problems when trying to push harder for faster laps times, with issues under braking from Austin and Jerez recurring once again.
It looked as though Rossi would head the third row, but a final second dash from Bautista punted the 9 time world champion back a place, just infront of co-Yamaha rider, Bradley Smith. Rossi finished the day with a time of 1m 34.009s, nearly 8 tenths off the lead. “Unfortunately today was a worse day compared to yesterday. We started quite badly this morning because we had some problems with the rear tyre so we struggled very much in the practice. We had a lot of question marks so we wanted to try the same setting this afternoon. In fact the tyre had a problem because this afternoon it was not so bad. My rhythm and pace for the race is quite good, unfortunately especially Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa are a bit faster. Like the other races, in the qualifying I am unable to do what I want, when I try to push more I create some problems with the bike. The other riders are better than me to use the extra grip from the new tyre, so I have to start from the third row. My rhythm is not so bad so we have to try to fix something.”