The problem is the qualifying | Valentino Rossi Blog

Monday, August 10, 2015

The problem is the qualifying

Valentino Rossi laments his Qualifying demons as he is forced to fight his way from eighth on the grid to claim 3rd at the Indianapolis GP.
Rossi had a great start from eighth on the grid, climbing up two places going into the first twisty section, and crossed the line for the first time in fifth. He soon passed Andrea Iannone and put the hammer down in order to close a 0.4s gap to Dani Pedrosa in third. With 20 laps to go he was the only rider lapping in the 1‘32s and he reached the back of his rival‘s bike seven laps later. The tense battle that followed ended with the Italian passing the Spaniard going into turn two, but the race was far from decided.

The Doctor then continued his charge towards the front before again getting involved in a scrap with the chasing Pedrosa. Despite the Spaniard‘s best efforts Rossi was determined to claim the final spot on the podium and after making a move up the inside in turn 2 on the final lap, he came out on top to finish in third +5.966s behind the race winner.
Valentino Rossi: “At one moment Jorge was in front and I was fourth so I would have lost twelve points. I had to try at the maximum because these points for third are more important for me than for Dani. I gave my all and it was very difficult because this track, with this temperature and humidity is very demanding, but I‘m happy at the end because it was a good race and I had a good pace. The problem is the qualifying, we struggle too much in the practice and we arrive with a little bit too much of a delay before finding a good setting. Starting from the third row is always difficult. I started well and I was fast on the first laps so, if I would have been able to start from the second row, I would have been able to stay with Marc and Jorge until the end of the race. We have to work hard on this, starting from Brno.”

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