Qatar MotoGP Test: Rossi praises Yamaha after breakthrough.

Valentino Rossi was in high spirits on the second day of the Qatar MotoGP test despite taking a tumble as the Italian rider made a breakthrough with the front-end issues he has been experiencing with the factory Yamaha. Rossi, who was eight tenths off the pace set by Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso on day one as he finished seventh fastest, climbed the leaderboard on the YZR-M1 on Saturday to slot into second place behind team-mate Maverick Vinales, only 0.277s behind following a lap in 1m 54.732s. The 38-year-old was caught out at Turn 7 in the evening and escaped relatively unscathed, but Rossi was in an upbeat mood after making significant progress with front-end feel at the Losail International Circuit. 

“We improved very much the feeling with the bike because I suffered a lot in the winter tests, so this lap time is important. We will try tomorrow to continue like this and also to make the pace to try to understand our bike," he said. 

“We come back home from Phillip Island very sad because we don't find nothing, so I have to say thank you to Yamaha because they arrive here with a lot of different ideas to try and I feel better." 

Reflecting on his spill, the nine-time world champion said: “In the second exit after turn seven I lose the front and unfortunately I have a little bit of pain, but I am OK, especially after we improved a lot the pace and the lap time." 

1. = Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 54.455s [Lap 44/49] 
2. = Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 54.732s +0.277s [37/37] 
3. = Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 54.917s +0.462s [28/41] 
4. = Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 55.032s +0.577s [43/46] 
5. = Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 55.121s +0.666s [29/34] 
6. = Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.196s +0.741s [10/50] 
7. = Alvaro Bautista ESP Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 55.245s +0.790s [44/48] 
8. = Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 55.344s +0.889s [10/53] 
9. ^4 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 55.353s +0.898s [43/43] 
10. ˅1 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 55.354s +0.899s [31/45] 
11. ˅1 Karel Abraham CZE Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 55.420s +0.965s [46/46] 
12. ^4 Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 55.545s +1.090s [48/48] 
13. ˅2 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 55.583s +1.128s [35/42] 
14. ˅2 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 1m 55.680s +1.225s [31/33] 
15. ˅1 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 55.808s +1.353s [42/42] 
16. ˅1 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.875s +1.420s [23/48] 
17. = Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 56.110s +1.655s [37/43] 
18. = Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 56.214s +1.759s [40/48] 
19. = Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 56.251s +1.796s [28/59] 
20. = Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 1m 56.276s +1.821s [24/35] 
21. = Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 56.648s +2.193s [37/43] 
22. ^1 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 1m 57.267s +2.812s [52/55] 
23. ˅1 Mika Kallio FIN KTM Test Rider (RC16) 1m 57.688s +3.233s [32/42] 

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