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Rossi has shoulder concerns, Hayden frustrated after QP

Rossi has shoulder concerns, Hayden frustrated after QP

Valentino Rossi will start on the third row of the grid tomorrow in ninth position for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar. His Ducati team-mate, Nicky Hayden, starting from the fifth row, in 13th position, will have to try and work his way forward, after an error in the final sector of what would have been his best lap, prevented him from improving his time.

The Italian rider said he is satisfied with the progress made with the setup of his GP11, and he hopes that his still-healing shoulder will permit him to maintain a good pace until the end of tomorrow’s 22-lap race, a distance that he still hasn’t completed in one run since his operation in November.

Valentino Rossi, Ducati Team

“I think that without my shoulder problem, which is causing us to lose five or six tenths, we could have been on the second row today. We were able to improve the setup by making important changes that will help in the foreseeable future. Today I was able to ride the GP11 better, but by the time we used the soft tyre at the end of the session, my strength was gone. There were some parts of the track where I just couldn’t push. Anyway, we got an okay time and we still have some things we can try in the warm-up. As for the race, I think that as long as my shoulder lasts, we’ll be able to have a pace that’s relatively competitive, apart from the two Hondas.”

Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

“I just clearly wasn’t fast enough. We tried something at the start of the session that was very similar to last year’s setup, but it didn’t work. I got back on my other bike and was on a decent lap, but I made a mistake in the last corner. Most of the weekend I’ve been able to go just as fast on used hard tyres, but that wasn’t the case tonight, even though the temperature was warmer. It was the first time since we got rid of qualifying tyres, that I got into the 1’ 55s around here, but it wasn’t nearly good enough this year. It’s been a frustrating weekend, and it won’t be easy tomorrow starting from way back, but we’re not ready to go home yet.”

MotoGP, 2011, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Ducati Team

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