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By Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

VR46: “Not fantastic, but I’m in the top ten”

Rossi happy to have a provisional place in Q2 after FP1

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had a more difficult day at the office than desired, but the ‘Doctor’ achieved a key goal of the first session in the desert as he put his M1 into the top ten. With weather on Friday less certain, FP1 times could well play a role in graduation to Q2 – and P9 could be valuable

Last minute modifications are first to try on Friday, with improvement the aim of the game if the weather holds.

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VR46, P9: “The performance was not fantastic, but I‘m in the top ten and this is good because we don‘t know what the conditions will be like tomorrow. With the softer tyre I thought I would be able to push a bit more and improve by some tenths, but with the race pace we are a bit far behind and we have to find something better. At the end of the practice we did some modifications that could be not so bad, so tomorrow we will try to understand if we‘re closer. I hope we can improve.”