We‘re not good with the setting yet | Valentino Rossi Blog

Friday, October 9, 2015

We‘re not good with the setting yet

Eighth on combined times for Valentino Rossi at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as his title rival leads proceedings.
Motegi sees all of the MotoGP™ World Championship riders forced to run the bigger brake discs on safety grounds, it took Valentino Rossi several circulations of the Japanese track to bring his brakes up to temperature. Once he had assessed the change in brakes over what he usually runs, the Movistar Yamaha rider shifted his focus to perfecting his setup, ending the morning session in third. The veteran Italian was able to improve his lap time by 0.3s in FP2, but would end the day in eighth overall.
While Rossi focused on bike setup, his teammate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo was leading the way with a 1’44.731, 0.823s faster than Rossi. The last four GPs have seen a similar pattern, Lorenzo demonstrating a clear edge early in the weekend and Rossi slowly closing the Spaniard down. Some forecasts suggests rain on Sunday which could enable Rossi to repeat his Silverstone and Misano successes as currently the gap to Lorenzo is vast.
Valentino Rossi: “This morning was not so bad and also in the afternoon I felt quite good with the harder tyre. I expected to improve more when I put on the softer option at the end, but unfortunately this didn‘t happen because we‘re not good with the setting yet and have to work a bit further. We have to check the data and check which way we want to follow for tomorrow. It‘s always difficult to improve in MotoGP. At the end of the practice on the Friday everybody puts in new tyres and already the lap times are very quick and faster than last year, so we have to work hard and try to stay at the top.”

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