Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) starts alongside Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) for the Americas GP, with the 'Doctor' lining up in fifth and Marquez in fourth after a penalty for the reigning Champion. The rider from Tavullia is positive about the position - and says he's race ready, more or less.
“I’m quite satisfied about these two days because I’m always quite fast and I feel good with the bike," says the number 46. "We worked in a good way. I thought that I had the potential for the front row but maybe I wasn’t fast enough. But anyway, we start from the top five which is ok for the race tomorrow."
Feeling good on the bike and having done good work are positive omens - and compatriot Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), who starts from second, also picked out Rossi as a threat.
Now, the devil is in the details.
"Now we have to fix some very small details," concludes the 'Doctor', "and we also have to hope that we have some sun and a dry race.”
The forecast for Sunday looks dry, and the race begins at 14:00 local time (GMT -5).