Valentino Rossi said he was never strong on Saturday GP de Doha, after being in 21st place, his worst classification result in the MotoGP.
The Petronas SRT Yamaha rider passed Q1 this Saturday at Losail and failed to pass Q2, having admitted after the session that he was not “strong enough” to fight for a good result.
In the end, Rossi managed to register only 1min54s881, about 1s7 slower than the lap of the Qatar GP that placed him in fourth place on the grid, and 1s7 from the rookie Jorge Martin, by Pramac.
This means that Rossi will start 21st at the Doha GP – his worst qualifying result in the MotoGP.
Justifying what happened, Rossi said: “Today is very difficult because I was never strong.”
“We tried to improve the feeling with the bike, with the rear, but I suffered a lot.”
“I have a lack of grip on the acceleration …. I suffer a lot and my pace is not good.”
“Furthermore, when qualifying with the new tire, I never had the feeling of being fast enough.”
“Last week I was good with the new tires and so we tried to do something to improve life, but unfortunately, I am not fast enough.
“It will be difficult, I have to start from the back. We have to understand and we will see. “
Rossi’s performance contrasts with that of his teammates, with Maverick Viñales completing the front row of the grid, Fabio Quartararo finishing fifth and Franco Morbidelli in 10th with his Yamaha ‘A-spec’.
Admitting that he is “in trouble” with his race pace, Rossi simply hopes he will not be far behind in the race.
“For tomorrow it is difficult because I start behind, but I have a lot of problems with the pace, the pace is not fast enough,” he added.
“So, I need to try to stay with the group of the front guys.”
“Last week was a long line, so more or less everyone is in line, there is not a big difference between the group. So, try to stay with them and see “, he concluded.
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