The Qatar MotoGP Grand Prix it looked very good for Valentino rossi. The Italian had one of the best classifications in recent years and had placed in fourth place, very close to the best bikes on the grid. However, within a few laps of Sunday’s race, his performance plummeted and saw him finish 12th: ‘I was expecting much more,’ said ‘Okay’.
From his fourth place in the rankings, Valentino lost eight places. The tire problems were essential for the Italian to not be able to capitalize on the good start he had had. When the traffic light turned green, the Yamaha of the team Petronas he placed third, but quickly fell into the qualifier. Unfortunately, Valentino was never able to fight for the podium.
The difference between the Yamaha were abysmal. Those of the official team set the pace of the race and even Maverick Viñales, Rossi’s former teammate, was left with the victory, prevailing in territory that the team dominated Ducati. However, the Petronas ones were a disappointment. Rossi finished in 12th place and Franco Morbidelli was 18th.
“I expected more”
“To be honest, I expected more after qualifying, but after a few laps I had problems with the tires. Unfortunately this had already happened during the tests with a butt. For some reason it seems that I stress him a lot, so he loses too much performance “, declared Valentino who added four points for the championship.
On the other hand, Rossi made it clear that the team will seek to have a better performance this Sunday, on the second date of the season. “For some reason we put too much stress on the rear tire, it seems to drop performance and lose grip. This is the problem. We talked a lot, we had a long meeting. I said what my feelings are and we will try to correct it to be faster ».
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