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Tyre and set-up problems for Rossi

Tyre and set-up problems for Rossi

Tyre and set-up problems for Rossi

Valentino Rossi says he still has work to do in the morning warm-up if he is to challenge for victory in Sunday's Cinzano Rio Grand Prix. The Italian recorded his worst qualifying performance of the season today, lapping eighth fastest and lining up on the third row of the grid.

"We are having many problems here and we have tried to resolve them, but with not much luck," commented Rossi. "The set-up and the tyres are not working satisfactorily. The bike is moving around too much. Tomorrow will be difficult because we will be starting from further back. It's quite an interesting starting grid and I'm still going to fight for the podium.

"We will try more modifications tomorrow morning to improve the stability. The bike is affected a lot by the track here. We still have some ammunition up our sleeves and hopefully in the 20-minute warm-up tomorrow we can make a difference."

Things went even worse for his team-mate Carlos Checa, who starts from twelfth place after encountering similar difficulties. "When we got rid of one problem in one area we had another problem in another area," explained the Spaniard.

"It is difficult to find a good compromise here without losing something important somewhere else. We have to increase the grip of the front contact patch and improve the rear movement.

"With this feeling it is impossible to keep the speed up when leaning over. That was the main reason that I cannot be more competitive on this track, a track I really like. I am struggling to find a better compromise. For tomorrow, I hope we can start the race in a better condition."

MotoGP, 2004, Valentino Rossi

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