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Rossi: “Reclaiming the lead in the championship is the aim"

Rossi: “Reclaiming the lead in the championship is the aim'

Starting in fourth, Valentino Rossi has positioned himself perfectly to battle for the podium at the Octo British Grand Prix.

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi has struggled to qualify well in recent years, the switch to two 15-minute sessions not suiting him as well as the longer single session. But, unfortunately for Rossi, MotoGP™ races can be won and lost on the start line when you’re up against Jorge Lorenzo. Starting fourth gives Rossi a near perfect perch to jump from and immediately attack in Sunday’s race. With both he and Lorenzo tied on points, every race will be critical in deciding the 2015 MotoGP™ World Champion.

Friday saw Rossi struggle tremendously, nearly a second off the pace of the front-runners. But, as is often the case, Rossi and his tight knit and highly experienced Movistar Yamaha crew worked their magic overnight to make significant improvements and reduce the gap. Even with the improvements Rossi is not growing complacent, he knows as well as anyone that both Lorenzo and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) will also be hunting improvements in Warm Up. Sunday’s race at the historic Silverstone circuit looks set to be an explosive one.

Valentino Rossi: “Reclaiming the lead in the championship is the target, but it‘s going to be difficult because Marc and Jorge are very strong at this track. I‘m quite satisfied because we improved the setting of the bike a lot. I‘m also happy about my pace and my riding, my performance wasn‘t so bad. Our goal was to start the race from the second row, so fourth place is OK, but we need to continue working to improve some other things for tomorrow. Pedrosa is also strong, so if we want to fight for the podium we have to go a bit faster.”

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MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Q2, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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