MotoGP Americas: Rossi: Front row gives me a chance.

Valentino Rossi hailed his vital front row start in Austin as the key to giving himself a chance of breaking away with Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo at the Circuit of the Americas. Rossi joined his Movistar team-mate on the front row, lapping four tenths slower than pole man Marquez as the Yamaha pair put the pressure on the MotoGP World Championship leader. The Italian has improved markedly in qualifying in 2016, a factor he puts down largely to the feeling he has with the new Michelin tyres. 

“It's so important [front row] because Marquez and Lorenzo are very strong so it's important if I want to try and stay with them,” Rossi said. 

“I'm quite satisfied with the work because today we improved the bike this morning and this afternoon, also in the free practice I had quite good pace. Always the qualifying is more difficult because you have to go faster without making any mistakes, so I'm happy about third position. 

“If I want to try to stay with them I have to try to be more consistent in the qualifying and it looks like this year we work, and especially I feel better, with the Michelin; when I have to do the lap I feel more comfortable and I can give a little bit more,” he added. 

“This is very important but at the same [time], it's very important to find the right tyre and the right balance for tomorrow because in the laps it will be hard.” 

Asked during the post-qualifying press conference how the Yamaha riders could thwart Marquez's bid to win a fourth straight premier class race in Texas, Rossi joked that it could still take 'five or six years'. 

“We improve year-by-year and step-by-step we get closer, so if we continue like this, in five or six years maybe we can win! But apart from the joke the situation improves very much not year-by-year or track-by-track, but sometimes practice-by-practice,” said the nine-time world champion. 

“For example, yesterday the Ducatis were so strong, faster than the Yamahas, but today we were better and the Ducatis more in trouble. You have to work and stay concentrated and for sure the tyres make a big difference. In some places we can be stronger but maybe some other tracks also worse. 

“What we can do is try to concentrate on ourselves, and the first part is to start from the front row and we are there, then we have the warm-up to try to find the right tyres to try to understand the rhythm,” he added. 

“And also especially the start and the first laps because they are so fast, so this is the key to try to stay together and understand what we can do.” 

This weekend has seen Rossi put some laps on the alternative 2016 M1, with the fuel tank more to the rear. But due to the lack of time available, he hopes to evaluate the option further after this weekend. 

“Yamaha continue to work on the weight distribution to try to improve the feeling to try to follow our direction,” Rossi said. 

“I tried the different bike but first I don't like and unfortunately we don't have enough time in the weekend of the race, because already we have not enough time to set one bike and if you have another one, it is impossible. 

“We continue to work and follow that way in the test, maybe after Jerez, and we try to find something better.”

Source: http://www.crash.net

Q2:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 3.188s [Lap 3/7] 336km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 3.257s +0.069s [5/7] 334km/h 
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 3.644s +0.456s [6/7] 339km/h 
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 3.913s +0.725s [6/7] 342km/h 
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 4.247s +1.059s [7/7] 336km/h 
6. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 4.265s +1.077s [6/7] 334km/h 
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 4.339s +1.151s [6/6] 343km/h 
8. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 4.379s +1.191s [7/7] 338km/h 
9. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 4.408s +1.220s [5/5] 332km/h 
10. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 4.485s +1.297s [7/7] 338km/h 
11. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 4.988s +1.800s [5/7] 338km/h 
12. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 5.159s +1.971s [6/7] 334km/h 

Q1:
13. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 04.867s 335km/h
14. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 04.944s 338km/h
15. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 05.425s 337km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 05.625s 328km/h
17. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 05.702s 338km/h
18. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 06.029s 333km/h
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 06.049s 334km/h
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 06.562s 332km/h 

FP4:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 04.309s [Lap 11/12] 336km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 04.867s +0.558s [8/9] 333km/h 
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 04.870s +0.561s [12/12] 335km/h 
4. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 05.193s +0.884s [9/12] 335km/h 
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 05.559s +1.250s [5/9] 340km/h 
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 05.630s +1.321s [12/12] 335km/h 
7. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 05.669s +1.360s [12/12] 337km/h 
8. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 05.747s +1.438s [4/10] 341km/h 
9. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 05.947s +1.638s [4/10] 335km/h 
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 05.986s +1.677s [12/12] 332km/h 
11. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 06.028s +1.719s [10/11] 330km/h 
12. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 06.032s +1.723s [11/11] 336km/h 
13. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 06.120s +1.811s [10/11] 337km/h 
14. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 06.177s +1.868s [10/11] 330km/h 
15. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 06.196s +1.887s [9/11] 334km/h 
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 06.736s +2.427s [11/12] 332km/h 
17. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 06.954s +2.645s [10/11] 331km/h 
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 07.169s +2.860s [10/10] 339km/h 
19. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 07.196s +2.887s [7/9] 330km/h 
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 07.863s +3.554s [11/12] 329km/h 
21. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 09.520s +5.211s [2/3] 329km/h 

FP3:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 03.741s [Lap 17/17] 336km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 03.937s +0.196s [15/16] 339km/h 
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 04.331s +0.590s [16/16] 332km/h 
4. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 04.336s +0.595s [16/16] 333km/h 
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 04.408s +0.667s [14/15] 331km/h 
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 04.450s +0.709s [15/17] 334km/h 
7. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 04.524s +0.783s [15/16] 337km/h 
8. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 04.576s +0.835s [13/15] 330km/h 
9. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 04.741s +1.000s [4/12] 339km/h 
10. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 04.769s +1.028s [15/15] 333km/h 
11. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 04.783s +1.042s [16/17] 333km/h 
12. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 05.061s +1.320s [16/16] 330km/h 
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 05.207s +1.466s [5/13] 333km/h 
14. Michele Pirro ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 05.288s +1.547s [14/15] 336km/h 
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 05.378s +1.637s [11/14] 336km/h 
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 05.616s +1.875s [13/15] 327km/h 
17. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 05.684s +1.943s [5/9] 333km/h 
18. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 05.962s +2.221s [16/16] 334km/h 
19. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 06.179s +2.438s [14/14] 336km/h 
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 06.444s +2.703s [12/19] 327km/h 
21. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 06.488s +2.747s [16/16] 332km/h 

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