I still don't feel 100% | Valentino Rossi Blog

Saturday, September 12, 2015

I still don't feel 100%

Valentino Rossi ended Friday’s practice in fifth after struggling with the new track surface at his home GP.
Championship leader Rossi was greeted by thousands of cheering fans when he entered the track for the morning practice. Encouraged by the sea of yellow around the circuit, the crowd‘s favourite was on the charge right from the word go and moved up to second place with a 1‘36.456 lap before focusing on his set up. He gradually improved his time as the pace quickened and clocked a 1‘34.086 at the final stages of the session for sixth place.
Rossi was able to make a big improvement in the afternoon session. He wrapped up the session by clocking a time of 1‘33.469, over one and a half seconds faster than his morning lap time. This result improved his ranking in the combined practice times to fifth position, 0.598s off the pace of his title rival and teammate Lorenzo.
Valentino Rossi: “Misano is always special and already today there was a great atmosphere. All around the track there were lots of people and this is good for the whole sport. The new track surface was quite difficult and I suffered in the morning, but we worked a lot on the bike and fortunately we improved in the afternoon. During the practice we were able to make a step forward, which is good, but it‘s not enough because I still don‘t feel 100 per cent and can‘t ride at the maximum, so we have to improve for tomorrow. It‘s possible that I will give the winglets a try this weekend. We already rode with them during the private test and the first feeling wasn‘t so bad, it helped a little and could make a small difference.”

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