MotoGP Catalunya: Rossi fears tough race after 'unlucky' 13th.

Valentino Rossi fears a tough race in roasting hot temperatures in Sunday's Catalunya MotoGP, which he will start from a lowly 13th. Yamaha have been paying the price for missing last month's private test at the Barcelona circuit, struggling for grip at the notoriously slippery and bumpy circuit – an issue that seems to be getting worse with the heat. Ninth on Friday, Rossi sunk to 15th in FP3 - when all four Yamahas failed to make the top ten for direct Qualifying 2 access. However the Italian was a competitive fifth, a fraction away from all but Dani Pedrosa, on race tyres in FP4. The problem is he can't make the medium rear tyre do more than half-a-dozen laps before a big drop in pace, while the hard tyre is slow from the off. 

"It was a difficult day for sure. Sincerely, I expect to struggle less," began Rossi, speaking in the paddock on Saturday afternoon. "Because yesterday I wasn't fantastic, but I had a quite good feeling with the bike and we have to do some modify. But from this morning looks like the asphalt today provides less grip and for us it was a big problem. 


"But anyway, I was also a bit unlucky because I didn't pass into Qualifying 2 just for 0.002s and starting from 13th will be very, very hard tomorrow. Very tough also because the pace is not fantastic. But it's Saturday, we still have the warm-up to try something and we have to try to improve, minimum, a bit the pace to recover positions in the race." 

Pressed on his competitive lap time in final practice, when he was just 0.1s from all but Dani Pedrosa (who will start on pole), Rossi explained: "Our pace is nothing fantastic but I's not too bad and have a lot of riders similar, except Pedrosa that is faster. 

"The problem is that with the medium tyre we are not so bad for six laps. But the race is 25. With the hard tyre we are never good. So the choice is make 5 laps and then slow down or make all the race slow! We have to decide! 

"If it's more hot tomorrow, it's more difficult. We see, like in Jerez also, in the morning it is a bit more easy. In the afternoon when the track temperature goes to 50 degrees it's more difficult. Tomorrow will be tough for everyone. 

"Everybody crash a lot this weekend because the asphalt has low grip and, for some reason, today less than yesterday. But at the same time we have to use hard tyres to arrive at the end [of the race]. 

"So sincerely to ride the bike is very difficult, it's like a nightmare because also if you go slow everything is not natural. And every time you enter a corner you feel very much on the limit." 

Yet Rossi won in the same kind of slippery conditions at both Jerez and Catalunya last season. 

"For us change very much the bike," Rossi said. "Looks like in this condition, when the grip level is very low, the bike of last year makes the tyre work in a better way. 

"And also the [2016] bike is more easy to ride in the corner, in the entry. Everything happens more naturally. So also for this reason the tyre stress is less and was a lot more easy to bring at the limit." 

You won't go back to last year's bike? 

"I think no." 

Rossi starts Sunday's race holding third in the world championship, 30-points from team-mate Maverick Vinales. The young Spaniard did make Qualifying 2, but could only manage ninth on the grid and was a lowly 15th in 'race spec' during FP4. 

Source: http://crash.net

 

Q2:

1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 43.870s [Lap 5/7] 340km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 44.201s +0.331s [2/7] 344km/h 
3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 44.220s +0.350s [6/7] 344km/h 
4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.320s +0.450s [5/5] 342km/h 
5. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 44.348s +0.478s [7/7] 338km/h 
6. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 44.381s +0.511s [5/7] 338km/h 
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 44.451s +0.581s [5/6] 340km/h 
8. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 44.600s +0.730s [3/5] 338km/h 
9. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.620s +0.750s [6/8] 339km/h 
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 44.740s +0.870s [6/6] 346km/h 
11. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 44.852s +0.982s [7/7] 344km/h 
12. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 44.928s +1.058s [6/8] 343km/h 

Q1:
13. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.661s 338km/h
14. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 44.681s 338km/h
15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 44.829s 341km/h
16. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 44.919s 338km/h
17. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.162s 339km/h
18. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.641s 340km/h
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 45.741s 339km/h
20. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 45.887s 344km/h
21. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 48.803s 331km/h
Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) No Time
Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) No Time

FP4:

1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.486s [Lap 7/11] 338km/h (Top Speed) 

2. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 45.981s +0.495s [10/12] 341km/h 
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 46.009s +0.523s [3/12] 338km/h 
4. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 46.018s +0.532s [3/14] 336km/h 
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 46.089s +0.603s [10/15] 338km/h 
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.101s +0.615s [4/13] 336km/h 
7. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 46.110s +0.624s [3/15] 341km/h 
8. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 46.121s +0.635s [4/14] 342km/h 
9. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 46.132s +0.646s [5/13] 341km/h 
10. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 46.276s +0.790s [3/15] 337km/h 
11. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 46.278s +0.792s [3/14] 335km/h 
12. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 46.317s +0.831s [10/12] 343km/h 
13. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 46.378s +0.892s [4/10] 338km/h 
14. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 46.420s +0.934s [11/15] 340km/h 
15. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 46.457s +0.971s [4/13] 337km/h 
16. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 46.474s +0.988s [5/12] 337km/h 
17. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 46.523s +1.037s [4/11] 344km/h 
18. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 46.617s +1.131s [11/14] 338km/h 
19. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 46.777s +1.291s [12/13] 338km/h 
20. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 46.785s +1.299s [5/13] 340km/h 
21. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 46.823s +1.337s [6/12] 334km/h 
22. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 48.014s +2.528s [6/6] 332km/h 
23. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 48.403s +2.917s [9/13] 334km/h 

FP3:

1. = Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.178s [Lap 16/18] 341km/h (Top Speed) 
2. ^5 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.279s +0.101s [16/18] 340km/h 
3. ^5 Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 44.395s +0.217s [16/18] 347km/h 
4. ^9 Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 44.409s +0.231s [16/16] 338km/h 
5. ˅1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 44.615s +0.437s [14/15] 342km/h 
6. ˅4 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 44.623s +0.445s [16/18] 343km/h 
7. ^5 Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 44.656s +0.478s [17/18] 341km/h 
8. ^3 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 44.676s +0.498s [18/18] 343km/h 
9. ˅4 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 44.681s +0.503s [16/18] 344km/h 
10. = Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 44.740s +0.562s [15/18] 338km/h 

11. ˅8 Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 44.763s +0.585s [17/18] 338km/h 
12. ^7 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 44.803s +0.625s [16/18] 339km/h 
13. ^3 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.889s +0.711s [17/19] 341km/h 
14. = Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 44.985s +0.807s [15/16] 340km/h 
15. ˅6 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.053s +0.875s [18/19] 337km/h 
16. ˅10 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 45.240s +1.062s [13/16] 338km/h 
17. ^3 Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 45.252s +1.074s [15/17] 341km/h 
18. ˅1 Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 45.289s +1.111s [16/18] 339km/h 
19. ^3 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 45.912s +1.734s [17/20] 338km/h 
20. ^1 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 46.243s +2.065s [17/19] 339km/h 
21. ˅3 Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 46.259s +2.081s [11/19] 339km/h 
22. ˅7 Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 46.267s +2.089s [12/14] 334km/h 
23. = Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 46.853s +2.675s [16/16] 334km/h 

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