MotoGP France: Rossi reflects on day one troubles.

Stability issues proved a major stumbling block for Valentino Rossi at Le Mans, where the Italian rider finished 10th on the time sheets on the opening day of the French MotoGP. Rossi was 1.1 seconds behind team-mate Jorge Lorenzo after a troubled start and the Movistar Yamaha rider has yet to try all of Michelin's new rear tyre options, made available especially for Sunday's race after wheel-spin problems at Jerez. The 37-year-old, who won last time out in Spain, said: “It was difficult for me today, especially in the afternoon but also in the morning. We started with some different ideas for the setting and in the morning it was not so bad, but we were not particularly fast. 

“We need something and for the afternoon we had some different stuff to try to improve the base, but unfortunately the afternoon practice started in a quite a difficult way because we had one problem with one front tyre, which was out of balance: it made a lot of vibration and we lost a little bit of time,” Rossi explained. 

“After, we had something different to try and unfortunately we didn't have something good enough to improve. 

“I concentrated on the hard rear but unfortunately it does not have enough grip, so I lose a bit. At the end I used the soft and I was a little bit better but we are very far from the top guys," he added. 

“In fact, in the morning I was also quite slow and for this reason I didn't try the third tyre from Michelin, because we didn't have time. I will try it tomorrow morning.” 

Asked if he experienced any of the unusual straight-line wheelspin that characterised the Jerez race, Rossi replied: 

"With the normal tyre - that I use - on the back straight I had a little bit. it looks like less of a problem here and all of the riders that tried the new [soft rear] tyre said it is a lot better." 

One theory is that Rossi's experience of racing with less advanced electronics helped him deal with the high levels of spin in Spain. 

"The [new unified] electronics are one step back. We expect more, but at the end it is not a big step. Just a bit less. But the bike become a bit more 'normal' to ride. Also the Michelin tyre has a bit more spin, so you have to control more [with the throttle]. 

"But I don't know if my experience with 500cc or the 'old' MotoGP makes a difference." 

Source: http://www.crash.net

FP2:

1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 32.830s [Lap 16/19] 312km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 33.169s +0.339s [20/20] 314km/h 
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 33.313s +0.483s [19/21] 307km/h 
4. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 33.406s +0.576s [20/22] 309km/h 
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 33.574s +0.744s [21/21] 316km/h 
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 33.595s +0.765s [17/18] 304km/h 
7. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 33.613s +0.783s [19/20] 307km/h 
8. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 33.748s +0.918s [8/20] 309km/h 
9. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 33.951s +1.121s [18/20] 311km/h 
10. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 33.974s +1.144s [16/19] 306km/h 
11. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 34.050s +1.220s [17/20] 310km/h 
12. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 34.053s +1.223s [13/14] 309km/h 
13. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 34.083s +1.253s [17/17] 310km/h 
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 34.306s +1.476s [18/23] 308km/h 
15. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 34.364s +1.534s [15/16] 302km/h 
16. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 34.425s +1.595s [18/19] 309km/h 
17. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 34.531s +1.701s [17/18] 307km/h 
18. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 34.656s +1.826s [17/18] 305km/h 
19. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 34.742s +1.912s [17/20] 300km/h 
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 34.789s +1.959s [22/22] 300km/h 
21. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 35.089s +2.259s [18/19] 306km/h 

FP1:

1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 34.042s [Lap 18/20] 313km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 34.086s +0.044s [17/20] 312km/h 
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 34.323s +0.281s [20/21] 309km/h 
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 34.343s +0.301s [15/18] 314km/h 
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 34.452s +0.410s [18/22] 307km/h 
6. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 34.489s +0.447s [18/19] 316km/h 
7. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 34.597s +0.555s [19/20] 309km/h 
8. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 34.632s +0.590s [19/20] 308km/h 
9. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 34.727s +0.685s [19/21] 303km/h 
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 34.732s +0.690s [18/20] 308km/h 
11. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 34.757s +0.715s [22/22] 309km/h 
12. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 34.799s +0.757s [19/19] 302km/h 
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 34.816s +0.774s [18/19] 312km/h 
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 34.984s +0.942s [17/19] 313km/h 
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 35.308s +1.266s [19/19] 306km/h 
16. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 35.355s +1.313s [16/17] 306km/h 
17. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 35.381s +1.339s [18/20] 299km/h 
18. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 35.465s +1.423s [14/18] 302km/h 
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 35.798s +1.756s [17/18] 307km/h 
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 36.283s +2.241s [13/21] 298km/h 
21. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 36.472s +2.430s [12/16] 307km/h 

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