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Rossi: “His bike lost some oil and I crashed”

Rossi: “His bike lost some oil and I crashed”

Oil from another bike results in Rossi’s first crash in 2015, work to do at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky.

For the first time in the 2015 season Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and his Yamaha M1 parted company involuntarily. During Free Practice 2 Rossi was behind Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) when the Honda rider encountered a problem with his front fork, resulting in a crash for the pair due to liquid on the track. Fortunately Rossi escaped injury and returned to track on his second bike soon after.

A 1’57.038 in FP1 secured the experienced Italian sixth overall on combined times, half a second from his teammate at the top of the timing sheets. Rossi feels that he is at a disadvantage, especially compared to Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had the best pace at the end of Friday. Qualifying on Saturday will be crucial; Rossi has frequently had to battle through the pack on race day, damaging his chances of winning races.

Valentino Rossi: “Unfortunately Pedrosa had a problem with his bike and it lost some oil and I crashed. This afternoon was difficult for everybody because the track is very slippery and the amount of grip is very low and at the same time there are a lot of bumps, so every time I entered the corner I was pretty much at the limit. At the end of the afternoon it went a bit better and I went into fourth position, but I have to recover a disadvantage, especially the one to Jorge, who seems to have the best pace.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, FP2, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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