MotoGP Jerez, Rossi: We had to try but we made a mistake.

“Now it is easy to say we made a mistake, that with the old setup we could have done a bit better, but that was not enough. We had to try - the Doctor explained - Logically we expected more on this track after the results last year, but it went differently.”

The weekend had started badly and the problems remained substantially the same.

I lost a lot in acceleration. The tyre slid and we tried to change the bike’s balance to see if we could limit tyre wear - he continued - Not only did we not solve anything, but I also lost confidence in the front. Then, 6 or 7 laps from the end, a lot of vibration at the rear began, as if the tyre had overheated. On the straight it seemed like the bike was falling apart. I was lucky to make it to the end.

Just a few weeks ago, the Michelin tyres and the Yamaha M1 seemed to be a perfect pair. Now everything has changed.

“I battled with the tyres throughout the weekend - he admitted - I can’t even talk about deterioration because even the newly mounted soft tyres slid. I never had good sensations. There is always a bit of spin on this track but this time there was more.

Yesterday Valentino had already explained how the tyres are the needle on the scales of the championship.

Here things change from one day to the next - he said wryly - Even Maverick struggled. In fact, after his nice warm up, what happened to him is astonishing. The 20°C higher on the asphalt made a huge difference.

The only good news is that he is still leading in the championship standings.

It is positive after a race like that - he reflected - Viñales also struggled. The Hondas made the true recovery and that is worrying. Pedrosa is in grand form and he is not just fast here. I have always placed him among the contenders for the title. Lorenzo also rode very well. He is one of the strongest riders and he was ahead on a track that is difficult for the Ducati. This teaches us just how difficult it is to get the predictions right” he smiled.

If we have to find more good news, it is the fact that there will be tests tomorrow.

At least after a race like this one you really want to do them. Tomorrow we will have to figure out what happened, but we will not go back to the 2016 tyres even if they worked better here because they are already in the museum - Valentino joked - It makes sense that the old M1 was fast because last year both Lorenzo and I were very fast.

Source: http://gpone.com

RACE:

1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 26.827s
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 45m 32.963s
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 45m 41.594s
4. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 45m 44.428s
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 45m 49.740s
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 45m 51.383s
7. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 45m 51.786s
8. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 45m 54.548s
9. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 45m 58.060s
10. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 46m 5.509s
11. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 46m 7.806s
12. Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 46m 10.026s
13. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 10.038s
14. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 46m 14.791s
15. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 46m 18.106s
16. Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 46m 35.712s
17. Takuya Tsuda JPN Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 46m 54.277s
Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF
Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) DNF
Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) DNF
Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) DNF

Riders' World Championship:

1. = Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 62 points
2. = Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 60 points (-2) 
3. = Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 58 points (-4) 
4. ^2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 52 points (-10) 
5. ˅1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41 points (-21) 
6. ^1 Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 35 points (-27) 

7. ˅2 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 29 points (-33) 
8. = Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 29 points (-33) 
9. ^4 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 28 points (-34) 
10. ^1 Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 26 points (-36) 
11. ˅2 Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 26 points (-36) 
12. ˅2 Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 21 points (-41) 
13. ^1 Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 17 points (-45) 
14. ˅2 Alvaro Bautista SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 14 points (-48) 
15. ^1 Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 12 points (-50) 
16. ^3 Hector Barbera SPA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 12 points (-50) 
17. ˅2 Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 9 points (-53) 
18. ˅1 Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 9 points (-53) 
19. ˅1 Tito Rabat SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 8 points (-54) 
20. = Alex Rins SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 7 points (-55) 
21. ^1 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 3 points (-59) 
22. ˅1 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 2 points (-60) 

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