Valentino Rossi admitted after finishing fourth fastest in qualifying for the Spanish round of the MotoGP championship that there is no way he can win tomorrow’s race unless his team can improve the front-end settings of his Fiat Yamaha.
“No. Like this, no – no way,” was the reigning champion’s emphatic response when asked if he could beat his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo on the 2.75-mile Jerez circuit.
“I don’t have feeling from the front, and it’s difficult on the last part of the circuit because I’m not confident and I don’t have enough grip,” Rossi said. “I have movement, so it’s difficult to control the bike.”
The Italian will experiment with different settings in the morning warm-up in an attempt to win his first race of the year.
“Yesterday I was fast, so I didn’t expect to have these problems. We are trying to understand the bike, and we have some ideas for tomorrow.”
Rossi’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo will start the third race of the season from pole position.