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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Valentino Rossi : "The title is the goal"

Grandmaster Valentino Rossi took second place in Qatar's MotoGP test despite Yamaha factory driver having some problems with his M1. "Electronics is our weak point," he knows.

In the final hour of Qatar's MotoGP chase, Valentino Rossi started from 20th on the Yamaha M1 in the third test. Shortly thereafter, he moved up to second place, 0.247 sec behind Zarco. The Frenchman was 0.247 seconds faster than Valentino Rossi on the Tech3 Yamaha.

The top 12 of the combined times list separated only 0.7 seconds. "We were all pretty close together. The ridge between strong and not good enough was narrow. As for the problems with the front tire, we have improved. We do not know what will happen during the race. Up to half a race distance, I'm strong, but then we still have ten laps. Last year we suffered. We have problems in this area, "said the Italian.

We came to Rossi's fall on the third day of testing? "I made a mistake when I used the hard front tire. This tire is difficult, the feeling was missing on the right side. That's why I came to fall. I'm alright. »

"Yamaha has to work hard now. This concerns above all the electronics. Everyone has enough motivation for that because Yamaha wants to win. But I do not know how long the solution to this problem will last. That's our weak point, "says Rossi.

His team-mate Maverick ViƱales was depressed after the Qatar test. "Yes, he is depressed, but he is fifth. He just wants to be in second place with a second advantage and would still not be happy, laughed the experienced 39-year-old. "He has a different approach. He is young and always wants to be ahead. But the MotoGP class has changed a lot. The tire limit is very similar for everyone, so everyone suffers once. "

Also in 2018 Rossi has only one goal: the tenth world title. "Yes, sure he is the target. But I have to start to be stronger than last year and get more podium finishes. I'm not allowed to suffer in races I like, like in Jerez or Barcelona. I always have to stay in the top five. 

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