I didn‘t have enough feeling with the front | Valentino Rossi Blog

Saturday, August 8, 2015

I didn‘t have enough feeling with the front

Valentino Rossi struggled with the setup of his Yamaha on Friday at the Indianapolis GP and ended up tenth on the combined timesheets.
Rossi set an impressive pace early on during the morning practice session, riding the YZR-M1 to first in the rankings on the first lap. He continued to reclaim the provisional top spot multiple times as the pace of the field quickened. He then moved on to testing solutions to improve tyre life, a common problem at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to its lay-out with mainly left corners, ending the first session as fifth quickest with a best lap of 1'34.374.
The Doctor worked tirelessly in the afternoon to further improve his setting. Though he didn‘t make up any ground in terms of the ranking, he was able to better his time to a 1'33.532, thereby reducing the gap to the front. He ended the session in tenth place, 0.672s behind his teammate Lorenzo.

Valentino Rossi: “It was a difficult Friday, because I wasn‘t strong or fast enough, already starting from this morning. We have a lot of problems and I don‘t feel good with the bike and was not able to ride at the limit. The main problem is that I didn‘t have enough feeling with the front so I had trouble under braking, turning, and also in changing direction I‘m very slow. The bike is too lazy and heavy so this means we don‘t have the right balance. Like I said, it was a difficult day. We tried the soft tyre at the end and it was a little bit faster, but not enough. For tomorrow it's very important that we try to understand the problem, do good work with all the data during this night and try to be more competitive, already starting from tomorrow morning, which will be important for the grid. The problem became bigger because Jorge and Marquez are very fast and consistent so we need to improve.”

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