Valentino Rossi says he is still a long way from being satisfied with his bike over a race distance despite qualifying second at Silverstone.
The Italian was only outpaced by LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow in the wet conditions and he later spoke of his reaction when he saw the home favourite’s lap time and especially, how far away he was from the polesitter at the time.
“When I saw the lap time of Cal, 2:19.2, I was at 2:22.2 so I thought it was going to be difficult. Then I saw the board was P5 so he clearly did a crazy lap! This front row is important for tomorrow because we’re not very strong in the dry, we need to make the bike improve, so if our pace is not fantastic, starting from the front row can be a small help”.
Rossi talked on Friday of the difficulty making the tyre last over a race distance while minimizing any drop-off and the Yamaha rider admits that tomorrow’s warm-up will be a key session as he looks to give himself a genuine chance of victory.
“We’re not very good with the tyres. With the front tyre, I have a very good feeling with the soft but it will be difficult to make it last a full race. The other tyre that I tried made the bike a lot more difficult to ride. With the rear, it’s the same. In general, I need to stay a little bit more on the edge to make the corner. We will try to understand for tomorrow morning what to do. The warm-up is 20 minutes and we hope for 20 degrees on the track so we can try something.”