VI­NALES LAYS DOWN

Sets fastest time as team­mate Rossi strug­gles

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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Rossi, a four-time win­ner in Qatar, ad­mit­ted his Yamaha was strug­gling to match the pace of Vi­nales, who was only two years old when the great Ital­ian won his first world ti­tle on a 125cc ma­chine in 1997.

“The per­for­mance was not fan­tas­tic, but I’m in the top 10 and this is good be­cause we don’t know what the con­di­tions will be like to­mor­row,” said Rossi, who was hop­ing to find pace yes­ter­day when rain was ex­pected to sweep the track.

“With the softer tyre I thought I would be able to push a bit more and im­prove by some tenths, but with the race pace we are a bit far be­hind and we have to find some­thing bet­ter.”

Mar­quez, who has won three of the last four world ti­tles and tri­umphed un­der the Qatar flood­lights in 2012 and 2014, ad­mit­ted that Vi­nales was the man to beat in to­mor­row’s race.

“Mav­er­ick is re­ally fast but it was to be ex­pected,” said the Spa­niard. AFP

EPA PIC

Mav­er­ick Vi­nales of Mo­vis­tar Yamaha in ac­tion dur­ing a free prac­tice ses­sion on Thurs­day.

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