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Rossi on importance of front row start

Rossi on importance of front row start

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi qualified on the front row for the second time in 2014 at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

Nine-time World Champion Rossi worked with his team as they made several modifications to his Yamaha YZR-M1, which enabled him to fight for the front row.

Provisional pole belonged to Rossi early in the session, but the likes of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) responded with quick lap times as Q2 progressed.

A 1’44.557s was Rossi’s final time, putting him in second place just 0.055s behind Dovizioso, who claimed his and Ducati’s first podium in four years. Pedrosa looked capable of challenging the Yamaha rider, but fell at the penultimate turn.

Rossi’s previous 2014 front row start came at Misano where the Italian went on to take a popular victory.

Rossi reflected on Q2, saying, “I’m very happy and satisfied. Even if Dovizioso overtook me for the pole position it’s not so bad. It’s very important to start from the front row. We improved a lot for qualifying, our set up took some big steps. I was able to go faster and hopefully this will apply to the race tomorrow as we still need to make some changes for the race.”

“It’s going to be a tough race with everyone pushing 100% so the front row is critical. I was worried that my head would not be OK but it is all good. The finger is a little annoying, it’s very important for the braking. I have a tiny bit of pain but the power is there so I can ride,” he added.

MotoGP, 2014, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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