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Rossi: “The last five laps of the race will be difficult”

Rossi: “The last five laps of the race will be difficult”

Valentino Rossi left the Qatar test fifth on the combined timesheets, happy with his improvement but wary of the competition.

Rossi continued his strong form during pre-season testing as he laid a final hand to the setting of his YZR-M1. After a small crash in turn ten - the second time he had crashed at this corner during the test - left the Italian unhurt, he improved on his fastest time set on the first day by nearly half a second to post a best time of 1‘55.429s. This meant that the nine-time world champion finished the day in fifth place, just over 0.6s from teammate Lorenzo.

Thanks to the progress he made today he also secured fifth position in the combined times, leaving him in a strong place to start the 2016 MotoGP™ season at the first round in Qatar from March 18th – 20th.

Valentino Rossi: “In the end I‘m quite happy. Unfortunately I had another crash in the same corner, but it was a small one and I was able with the team to try everything. In the last hour and a half we improved the setting and I had quite a strong pace and did a good time attack. The lap time is not so bad and more importantly I did a race simulation and I was strong. I think that it will be quite tough, because it seems that from the first test the other bikes improved a lot, but now we are there at their level. I think a lot of riders can be fast for the first Grand Prix, but we are competitive. The problem was that the track improved a lot day by day and the stress on the front tyre increased, so we had to move. Yesterday was not so bad, but today‘s was too soft. I think the last five laps of the race will be difficult for everybody, but the bike is good to ride, so we‘re able to keep a good pace.”

MotoGP, 2016, QATAR MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T3, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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