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Rossi: “We arrived at qualifying not being ready”

Rossi: “We arrived at qualifying not being ready”

Valentino Rossi laments poor Q2 performance at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, starting down on the third row again.

Lackluster results in Qualifying have become an all too common occurrence for Valentino Rossi, fortunately he has been able to overcome all of his previous third row starts in 2015 and secure podiums on each occasion. The Movistar Yamaha rider will need to produce another outstanding performance on Sunday to continue his streak of podiums from the third row. He remains quietly confident as he does not fear tyre life will be a major issue for him over race distance. Phillip Island is always tough on tyres, but a drop in grip levels this year should help tyre life over race distance.

With just three rounds of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship remaining, each race will be vital as just 18 points split Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. A mistake at this stage of the championship would be devastating and no doubt Rossi will take this into account on Sunday. Settling for fifth would be far better than pushing for the podium and risking a fall. If anyone can produce a strong result it’s Rossi, having claimed six premier class wins at Phillip Island before

Valentino Rossi: “Starting from third row is always difficult and we expected a little bit more. During today we tried some different things to improve our speed, but we haven‘t found a good solution. I remain consistent with my lap times, but they are not fast enough, so at the end we arrived at qualifying not being ready. I was able to do a lap that was not so bad, but it wasn‘t enough to start more in front. Bridgestone is worried about this track, especially considering the past, but the grip of the new asphalt is less, so everybody‘s wheels spin a lot. For this reason I think that the life of the tyre is not a problem, but it‘s more important to find the right balance of the bike to reduce wheel spin.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Q2, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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