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25 days ago
By motogp.com

Rossi: "I wasn't strong enough"

Difficult day for the Doctor with a morning crash and a tough qualifying

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had a challenging Saturday at MotorLand Aragon, as the legendary Italian lost his throne as fastest Yamaha on Friday to qualify on the second row in P6 on Saturday - and suffered a high side crash in FP3 as his bike pressed the ejector button at Turn 9. Walking away unharmed and soon back out on track, the rider from Tavullia is looking for some more solutions before lights out; focused on setup - and tyres.

Valentino Rossi (P6): "It was a difficult day. The start was the worst because I made a mistake on cold tyres and I crashed. The shoulder and the hand are OK, but we lost a lot of time and we need to try something and work on the bike. This afternoon in the free practice it wasn‘t so bad and I had quite a good pace, so I wanted and expected to start a little bit more towards the front. Unfortunately, during a good lap I wasn‘t strong enough and from second place we are all very close, so I have to start from the second row. Now we have to work because during the race the story will be very different: it‘s a long race and everybody is struggling with the tyres, so we need to find the best way to be fast again."

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The Doctor’s difficult day