Mo­togp moves to his favourite tracks ‘With Dovi, Rossi and Pe­drosa crash­ing, now we have one tar­get: Marc’

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Valentino Rossi be­came the lat­est rider to be caught out by Miche­lin’s un­for­giv­ing front tyre when he crashed out of Sun­day’s race.

Rid­ers have had to adapt to the new Miche­lin rub­ber which of­fers much less of a safety net than last year’s Bridge­stones. And some rid­ers have adapted bet­ter than oth­ers!

Rossi ad­mit­ted: “This year, if you make even a small mis­take, you pay. I en­tered the cor­ner with the same speed, I hit the two bumps, and I pay. You have to be pre­cise; you have to con­cen­trate; you can’t make any mis­takes. If you make a mis­take, you crash – but with the Bridge­stones you could get away with it.”

And mak­ing a mis­take was ex­actly what Rossi did in Sun­day’s race, los­ing valu­able points to Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Mar­quez af­ter a clutch is­sue led to a lack of fo­cus and a mis­take that caused the crash.

“In the first two laps, I burnt the clutch, and I have to open the throt­tle at a max­i­mum of 50% to not spin it. But I was there, and I think to my­self that I have to stay quiet, be­cause nor­mally af­ter the start the clutch cools down and the feel­ing comes back. I was start­ing to get the feel­ing back, but maybe I lost con­cen­tra­tion and made a mis­take.”

How­ever, the Doc­tor can take one pos­i­tive from the week­end, as he again showed that he has ad­dressed one of his great­est weak­nesses of re­cent sea­sons; his qual­i­fy­ing per­for­mances.

Tak­ing his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive front row start – some­thing he man­aged only five times in 2015 – he praised the new Miche­lin tyres as the se­cret be­hind his im­proved qual­i­fy­ing.

“If I want to try and fight with the oth­ers, I needed to be more con­sis­tent in qual­i­fy­ing, and we worked hard to im­prove the bike, es­pe­cially the tyres. I feel bet­ter with the Miche­lins when I have to do one lap – more com­fort­able and like I can give a lit­tle bit more.”

‘ This year with the Miche­lins, if you make even a small mis­take, you pay’

While main ri­vals like Pe­drosa crashed out, Lorenzo fought on to bag vi­tal points Af­ter los­ing a slider, Red­ding tack­led Austin’s high-speed cor­ners with­out putting his knee down Turn 2 crash left Rossi’s M1 too dam­aged to con­tinue

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