The Doctor isn’t totally disappointed with his qualifying position, despite finishing over a second behind Dani Pedrosa’s record breaking time.
“We worked hard today; it’s not so bad but unfortunately we are not able to start from a better position on the grid. We tried everything but I still don’t have the maximum feeling to improve a bit more. The race tomorrow is going to be very interesting because of the tyre choice and the rhythm. There are four or five riders who are very fast and very constant so we hope to do a good start and good first laps to stay with the top guys and check our performance.”
Yamaha Factory Rider Valentino Rossi qualified in seventh position for the third time of the 2013 season, despite setting the fastest time on the opening day of the Grand Prix weekend in Barcelona at the Montmelò circuit of Catalunya.
The nine time world champion finished combined free practice in fourth position as the top Yamaha, setting a time of 1.40.009. Rossi mastered his race pace for his Yamaha M1 in the free practice sessions, however he failed to bring his pace through into qualifying and continues to struggle with the new format introduced in 2013. The Italian sat in fourth position for the majority of the 15 minute session, however flying laps from other riders pushed him down into seventh position; with a time of 1.41.959.