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Rossi expecting tough Aragón battle

Rossi expecting tough Aragón battle

The reigning World Champion will start Sunday’s race from the third row after qualifying in seventh position.

Valentino Rossi admitted that it had been a hard day at the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragón on Saturday after the reigning World Champion qualified in seventh position. The Fiat Yamaha rider encountered some issues in the third practice on Saturday morning which limited him to only setting the 11th best time.

"This morning was a bit of a disaster! This afternoon things were a bit better but we are still not that fast,” he said. “Unfortunately, with the softer Bridgestone tyre at the end for my fast lap I made a small mistake and lost half a second, otherwise I think I could have been fourth.”

Rossi felt an improvement in qualifying but was 1.075s off pole man Casey Stoner by the end of the session. With a sharp 90º left hander meeting the riders at the first corner at Aragón arriving at turn one in a good position will be important.

“Now we have to start from the third row and the start of the race will be very important because I have to try to improve my position and stay with the leaders,” said the 31 year-old. “We have some ideas and we will use the warm-up to try to find a way to improve our pace. It will be a hard and long race but we will do our best."

Rossi’s crew chief Jeremy Burgess said the team would work hard overnight to try and put in place a solution to help the Italian’s M1 be in better shape for the race.

"We're struggling a bit here and we didn't improve our pace today as much as we were hoping to,” explained Burgess. “Starting from the third row isn't ideal but we will look at the data tonight, come up with some ideas and use the warm-up tomorrow to check a few things and try to make sure we've got a bit more up our sleeves for the race."

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO A-STYLE DE ARAGON, Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team

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