MotoGP Czech Republic: Traffic ‘like centre of Rome’ upsets Rossi’s qualifying.

Valentino Rossi declared himself to be “not happy for the result” after his qualifying attempts were frustrated by traffic at Brno, leaving him sixth fastest and off the front row of the MotoGP grid. Desperate to make up as much ground as possible on title leader Marc Marquez, Rossi described the on-track congestion like “the centre of Rome” as he failed to better his fastest time of 1m 55.509s from his first run the second time around. 

“I'm not happy for the result, because I have to start from the second row,” said the Italian, who trails Marquez by 57 points in the world championship standings. 

“It's a shame, because I wasn't able to make one clear lap. We have a better potential, we are able to start from the front row, on the ideal time I am in third position. Because I start with the hard, and I did already a 55.5, but I know that I have half a second of margin, because I can use the soft in the second exit. 

“But unfortunately on the second exit, everybody waiting, I stuck in traffic, it was like I was staying in the center of Rome. Everybody open the throttle, and wait, and brake, it was a big disaster. I tried to make a lap, but I was caught in the confusion, and unfortunately, I have to fight with [Pol] Espargaro, with Marquez, and I wasn't able to improve. 

“But anyway, second row is more difficult, but anyway, second row is still possible to make a good race and fight for the podium if you have a good pace. And in the afternoon I was not so bad. My pace is quite good. 

“Now, the bigger question mark is the weather conditions, because first of all, we have to understand if it will be dry or wet, but will be very important also the temperature. 

“If it will be more cold than today, like everybody say, it will be more difficult with the front tyre, because it's more tricky for everybody. We have to improve some places, we have to wait for tomorrow and see the condition, and see what will happen.” 

Preparing to begin his final qualifying lap, the Italian found himself behind the younger Espargaro entering the final left-right. Unknown to him, Marquez was close behind on his own fastest lap. The Repsol Honda rider ruthlessly plunged under Rossi, hampering his drive out of the final corner. 

Rossi was quick to shrug the move off: “I arrive too quick to Espargaro, and I want to wait for overtake Espargaro on the straight, but when I slow down to exit faster, I don't know that Marc is behind, and arrive also Márquez, for my last lap. But these things happen.” 

The 37-year old set an enviable pace in FP3 on Saturday morning but was unable to replicate that as we moved into afternoon. Rossi explained how, like 2015, track conditions changed considerably from day one to two of free practice, leaving a question mark hanging over the front tyre choice. 

“The problem is that the track, like always in Brno, also last year, it change a lot between Friday to Saturday. That tyre is the good one, but unfortunately yesterday, it looked good also after a lot of laps. 

“This morning I tried to push, but after seven laps on the right, it was already destroyed. It means that we cannot race with that tire. If you don't have 20 degrees less or rain tonight and tomorrow coming dry. But is a risk, that tire, is a risk the harder. For sure if we have bad conditions, it will be very very tricky with the front. 

“For me, I think that the softer is the better option for everybody, so we try to concentrate on that. In the afternoon, I did a lot of laps on a used tyre and my pace was not so bad, so I think that the majority of the riders will use the soft, especially if we have less temperature.” 

Source: http://www.crash.net

Q2:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 54.596s [Lap 6/7] 310km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 54.849s +0.253s [5/7] 309km/h 
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 55.227s +0.631s [7/7] 312km/h 
4. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 55.324s +0.728s [6/7] 304km/h 
5. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 55.437s +0.841s [3/7] 308km/h 
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.509s +0.913s [3/7] 308km/h 
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 55.748s +1.152s [5/6] 310km/h 
8. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 55.787s +1.191s [3/6] 308km/h 
9. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.841s +1.245s [7/7] 311km/h 
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 55.930s +1.334s [6/7] 307km/h 
11. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.115s +1.519s [7/7] 305km/h 
12. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.522s +1.926s [7/7] 309km/h 

Q1:
13. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 56.148s 307km/h
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 56.263s 306km/h
15. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 56.535s 309km/h
16. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 56.718s 306km/h
17. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 56.797s 304km/h
18. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 56.805s 305km/h
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 57.062s 305km/h
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 57.606s 307km/h 

FP4:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 56.275s [Lap 8/12] 308km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 56.277s +0.002s [4/11] 312km/h 
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 56.399s +0.124s [10/12] 308km/h 
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 56.628s +0.353s [7/13] 308km/h 
5. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 56.769s +0.494s [10/13] 308km/h 
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 56.905s +0.630s [6/12] 311km/h 
7. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 56.939s +0.664s [4/10] 310km/h 
8. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 57.083s +0.808s [7/9] 304km/h 
9. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 57.163s +0.888s [3/10] 303km/h 
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 57.165s +0.890s [6/11] 308km/h 
11. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 57.447s +1.172s [7/12] 304km/h 
12. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 57.473s +1.198s [3/9] 307km/h 
13. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 57.518s +1.243s [11/12] 307km/h 
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 57.613s +1.338s [10/11] 307km/h 
15. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 57.941s +1.666s [5/13] 308km/h 
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 58.119s +1.844s [9/13] 306km/h 
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 58.146s +1.871s [4/11] 307km/h 
18. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 58.241s +1.966s [11/14] 304km/h 
19. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 58.426s +2.151s [6/12] 302km/h 
20. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 58.604s +2.329s [8/9] 305km/h 

FP3:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 54.791s [Lap 13/15] 310km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 55.535s +0.744s [15/15] 312km/h 
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.562s +0.771s [16/18] 308km/h 
4. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 55.604s +0.813s [13/17] 309km/h 
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.708s +0.917s [16/18] 309km/h 
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 55.793s +1.002s [16/17] 306km/h 
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 56.051s +1.260s [16/18] 312km/h 
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.143s +1.352s [18/19] 309km/h 
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 56.161s +1.370s [14/17] 308km/h 
10. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 56.332s +1.541s [15/15] 305km/h 
11. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 56.405s +1.614s [12/15] 311km/h 
12. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 56.551s +1.760s [18/18] 310km/h 
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.656s +1.865s [16/19] 307km/h 
14. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 56.845s +2.054s [15/17] 307km/h 
15. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 57.015s +2.224s [16/16] 308km/h 
16. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 57.202s +2.411s [11/12] 310km/h 
17. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 57.443s +2.652s [11/13] 307km/h 
18. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 57.526s +2.735s [8/14] 309km/h 
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 57.815s +3.024s [20/20] 307km/h 
20. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 58.144s +3.353s [3/12] 303km/h 

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