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Rossi: “I slid too much”

Rossi: “I slid too much”

Valentino Rossi left on the second row as tyre issues limit his Qualifying performance at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.

Private testing throughout the year allowed Valentino Rossi and Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo to start the Aragon GP in explosive style. Unfortunately for Rossi, rising temperatures have led to a lot of sliding on semi-used tyres along with issues in relation to braking stability. This combination of factors has the experienced Italian struggling to find a consistent rhythm and also affected his one lap pace. In Qualifying both Lorenzo and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) were able to drop into the 1’46s, but Rossi only conjured a mid 1’47 and ended the session in sixth.

Rossi has recovered from worse grid positions, but the pace of both Lorenzo and Marquez appears to be a cut above the Italian and the battle for victory will be a tough one. With a 23-point lead over Lorenzo, Rossi can afford to settle for a podium finish as opposed to pushing beyond his limits for a win. The Aragon GP in 2014 saw Rossi crash in the opening laps after touching the artificial grass, at this critical stage in the season and with the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship on the line, mistakes but be avoided at all costs. Frequently throughout his career Rossi and his crew have been able to produce magic in Sunday morning Warm Up and the Aragon GP may prove no different.

Valentino Rossi: “Today was a bit more difficult, especially in the afternoon, the morning was not so bad. My pace was also quite good, but with a higher temperature I suffered a lot with the tyres, because after some laps I slid too much and wasn‘t able to find the right rhythm, so we have to work and try to improve the balance so we can enter the corner with better braking. During tomorrow‘s warm up we will try to improve the setup and also the pace. My rivals are very fast, so this makes everything a bit more difficult but we will try.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Q2, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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