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Rossi: “Everybody wants to beat me”

Rossi: “Everybody wants to beat me”

Valentino Rossi is ready to fend off the sharks at home in Misano.

Not only does Valentino Rossi have the pressure of defending a 12-point lead in the MotoGP™ World Championship to worry about, he also has the added pressure of a home grand prix. For Sunday’s Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini the Movistar Yamaha rider lines up in third on the grid, just his third front row start of 2015. Time and time again Rossi has proved he’s able to battle through even from poor grid positions, but with Jorge Lorenzo in such dominant form a strong start will be vital. With over 90,000 fans expected to flood the Misano circuit tomorrow, Rossi will certainly have the home crowd advantage.

It’s not just his teammate that Rossi is looking at as a rival for Sunday’s race, both Repsol Honda riders and the Ducati team are showing strong race pace and will be a threat, especially in the opening laps. Both the start and end of the race will be crucial points, many riders will be in the mix in the opening laps and tyre performance towards the end of the race is still an unknown with the new track surface. Rossi was also awarded a penalty point for riding slowly on the racing line in Qualifying.

Valentino Rossi: “It was difficult at the end of the session, because there was a lot of traffic, I was able to find the right moment to do a good lap. The setting and also my pace improved today and for the qualifying the bike was not so bad. I still have some problems, especially in section three, which we have to improve. Starting from the front row is very important for tomorrow‘s race, because Jorge is very strong and the guy with the better pace. Marc is always able to go with him, so the first lap will be very important. Because this is my home race, everybody wants to beat me, so the big shark on my helmet represents Jorge, Marc, the Ducatis. All these guys want to eat me because I‘m the small fish, but I will try to escape, that‘s the target!”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Q2, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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