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Rossi: “I was not strong enough”

Rossi: “I was not strong enough”

Ninth on combined times for Valentino Rossi, but this masks a potentially crushing race pace.

Of all the riders currently racing in the MotoGP™ World Championship, Valentino Rossi has the best record at Phillip Island with an amazing six premier class victories. With just 18-points separating Rossi from his Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, he’ll need to draw on all of his experience to increase the gap and take another step towards his tenth title. Ninth on the opening day of the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix may seem a disappointing result, but Rossi’s race pace is able to match Lorenzo’s. Once again the Italian appears to be holding his cards close to his chest, waiting to reveal all on race day.

Rossi tested the asymmetrical tyre during FP2 as the rest of the MotoGP™ field begun their now traditional time attack, The Italian responded by setting a low 1’30 which saw him end the first day ninth on combined times. If Saturday’s sessions are wet this will be critical as heading through the highly competitive Q1 session has seen many top MotoGP™ riders fall victim to those equipped with the soft tyre.

Valentino Rossi: “The feeling was not so bad, especially my pace this afternoon was quite good and also with a used tyre I was able to do some good lap times. I was not strong enough doing a hot lap on new tyres but at the same time we tried the asymmetric front tyre that everybody used and the feeling was not so bad. We have to work a little bit on the bike, but it‘s OK. We will wait for the good conditions tomorrow and will try to work on improving in some places and try to be stronger.”

MotoGP, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, FP2, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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