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Mixed emotions for Yamaha Factory Racing

Mixed emotions for Yamaha Factory Racing

Yamaha Factory Racing will line up third and eighth on the grid at Circuit of the Americas. While Jorge Lorenzo expected no more than his final position, Valentino Rossi is left scratching his head over a below-par performance.

Lorenzo’s best effort of 2’04.100 leaves him over a full second off Marc Marquez’s pole position time for Repsol Honda Team, although the Qatar winner and championship leader anticipated such a result.

"What happened in qualifying is more or less what happened in all the sessions: our rivals are much faster than us in pace and over a single lap," Lorenzo began. "The best we could do today was third, but in the race tomorrow anything could happen. If something strange happens, we can fight for the win, but in normal conditions third is a really good position for tomorrow. We hope that the race is going to be better than qualifying and we can be closer to Marc and Dani."

Rossi was one of only five prototype riders to test in Austin one month ago, which only strengthened a feeling of distress on his side of the garage.

"We expected to go better today but we were unable to fix the problem we have with braking, especially in the first part of the lap, and I lose too much time," he said. "We still have tomorrow; we knew that this weekend, on this track, it could be difficult - and it is. We have to have a good race and try to take as many points as we can."

In Qatar a fortnight ago, Rossi made an early race error before charging back up through the field to second place behind Lorenzo.


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