MotoGP Americas: Rossi: We understand something important.

Valentino Rossi enjoyed his best Friday of the 2017 MotoGP season with fourth on the timesheets in Austin. Most significantly the Italian, hobbled by front-end movement throughout winter testing and practice at the opening two races, feels they have finally found a base setting and 'understand something important'. Rossi, whose race day recoveries have carried him to two podiums, can now ride 'in a better way' and is no longer calling for a change in the front tyre construction. 

"A better start compared to the first two races for sure, which were a disaster," Rossi said. "In Argentina we modify very much the balance and now I have a better feeling. For me we understand something important. 

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"This track is very different, but we don't change the bike a lot from Argentina and already this morning I was in the top ten and not so far. It looks like we are still able to do some adjustment, but the base setting we understand more. 

"You know, it's never finished, also because for example in the pace Vinales and Marquez are a lot faster than me. But compared to the other two races, it's better. I can ride the bike in a better way and I think that for me, now, the soft front tyre casing is okay." 

Rossi had been calling for a return to the original 2017 tyre construction, used at Valencia last season, as he sought to cure his corner entry woes. Plans to test such a tyre were scrapped in Argentina, but it will available at the post-race test following the next round at Jerez. 

"For me it's still good to try the other casing, but not just for me, for everybody. Because I feel a bit more stable," Rossi explained. "But is also very positive that we are able to fix the bike to use these tyres and after we will see what happens." 

Rossi's best lap time, set on soft tyres, put him 0.745s behind Honda's Marc Marquez, winner at COTA for the past four years. 

"In the afternoon I did a good lap with the soft tyres, I'm fourth. But on the pace we still have to work," Rossi said. "Especially braking, it's difficult to stop. But for sure compared to Qatar and Argentina, this is a better start." 

On why Rossi and team-mate Maverick Vinales continue to use the standard Yamaha fairing, he said: 

"On this track the winglets can help. We do a lot of accelerating from a low speed, but we also have a lot of change of directions and it looks like our bike is a bit more 'heavy'. So we prefer to go with the normal cowling. But our bike is good in other areas." 

One of many riders to express concern about the worsening bumps, The Doctor joked: "You cannot do the perfect line, you have to do the line with less bumps - a little bit like motocross!" 

Source: http://crash.net

FP2:

1. ^1 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 04.061s [Lap 14/14] 331km/h (Top Speed) 
2. ^2 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 04.347s +0.286s [16/17] 331km/h 
3. ˅2 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 04.451s +0.390s [10/17] 331km/h 

4. ^4 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 04.806s +0.745s [15/17] 331km/h 
5. ^2 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 04.811s +0.750s [12/15] 332km/h 
6. ˅3 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 04.830s +0.769s [15/16] 334km/h 
7. ^4 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 05.005s +0.944s [13/15] 328km/h 
8. ^6 Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 05.033s +0.972s [14/15] 332km/h 
9. ^4 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 05.116s +1.055s [14/15] 333km/h 
10. ^6 Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 05.142s +1.081s [17/17] 327km/h 
11. ˅5 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 05.282s +1.221s [14/15] 337km/h 
12. ˅2 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 05.284s +1.223s [14/15] 333km/h 
13. ˅1 Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 05.463s +1.402s [12/15] 332km/h 
14. ˅5 Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 05.468s +1.407s [14/14] 328km/h 
15. = Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 05.584s +1.523s [12/14] 338km/h 
16. ˅11 Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 05.602s +1.541s [15/17] 340km/h 
17. = Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 05.943s +1.882s [14/16] 330km/h 
18. ^2 Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 06.155s +2.094s [13/13] 330km/h 
19. ˅1 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 06.358s +2.297s [4/13] 327km/h 
20. ^1 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2m 06.503s +2.442s [12/15] 330km/h 
21. ˅2 Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 06.709s +2.648s [9/11] 328km/h 
22. = Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 06.741s +2.680s [12/13] 327km/h 
23. = Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2m 07.434s +3.373s [15/15] 327km/h

FP1:

1. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 04.923s [Lap 10/17] 331km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 05.500s +0.577s [15/19] 332km/h 
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 05.604s +0.681s [13/15] 333km/h 
4. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 05.790s +0.867s [17/17] 331km/h 
5. Alvaro Bautista ESP Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 05.833s +0.910s [15/15] 337km/h 
6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 06.017s +1.094s [16/17] 336km/h 
7. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 06.109s +1.186s [5/16] 336km/h 
8. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 06.292s +1.369s [15/15] 331km/h 
9. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 06.411s +1.488s [14/14] 331km/h 
10. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 2m 06.469s +1.546s [13/13] 332km/h 
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 06.484s +1.561s [12/13] 331km/h 
12. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 06.515s +1.592s [16/16] 330km/h 
13. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 06.646s +1.723s [14/14] 333km/h 
14. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 2m 06.692s +1.769s [15/15] 330km/h 
15. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 2m 06.786s +1.863s [9/15] 336km/h 
16. Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 06.824s +1.901s [9/14] 326km/h 
17. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 06.894s +1.971s [13/17] 333km/h 
18. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 07.127s +2.204s [12/17] 325km/h 
19. Karel Abraham CZE Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 07.300s +2.377s [15/15] 332km/h 
20. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 2m 08.006s +3.083s [10/16] 330km/h 
21. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2m 08.128s +3.205s [6/15] 331km/h 
22. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m 08.292s +3.369s [13/16] 328km/h 
23. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2m 08.740s +3.817s [14/15] 326km/h 

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