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Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi discusses the issues that saw him end the first day of practice down in ninth.
The nine-time World Champion, encouraged by the loud cheering of the Italian fans, at one point was third fastest on the timesheets, but in the end his best lap was a 1'48.211 which saw him finish the day in ninth position.
Valentino Rossi: “We started the afternoon practice well. I didn‘t feel so bad with the bike and I had quite a good pace. I was quite happy, but I had some problems under braking. We tried to modify the setting so I could brake harder, but we didn‘t find a good solution and at the end I came back out on my normal bike and decided to try the harder tyre on the front and rear. The front wasn‘t so bad, but the rear was a bit too hard and I didn‘t have enough grip on the left side for me to push to the maximum. However, it‘s good for us to try these things to gain data and tomorrow we try to modify and to improve the bike, especially under braking in the last section. It looks like Jorge had the best pace, but Dovi is also fast and so is Marquez. It‘s only Friday, so it‘s too early to say who will be the hardest to beat, but they seem to be in good shape.”
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