Quick off the mark

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One thing has been a com­mon trend in Valentino Rossi’s com­ments all sea­son long is the need to im­prove his per­for­mance not only in the open­ing parts of the race but dur­ing the open­ing ses­sions of the week­end and in qual­i­fy­ing.

And that was some­thing he took to heart at Jerez, de­liv­er­ing one of the best week­end per­for­mances we’ve seen from him in a very long time; only fin­ish­ing off the the­o­ret­i­cal podium in one ses­sion.

His qual­i­fy­ing pace was also in­dica­tive of yet an­other rein­ven­tion of Rossi form. In­cred­i­bly, tak­ing pole for the first time at the Jerez cir­cuit for over a decade, the re­sult also marked the first time Rossi has started from the front row for three con­sec­u­tive races since 2009.

The team have been work­ing to help him out in per­fect­ing his per­for­mance off the line, es­pe­cially af­ter a burnt out clutch at Austin was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in an out of char­ac­ter crash for the Ital­ian at the Texan track.

They fit­ted a new sen­sor to ac­cu­rately gauge the forces loaded by him into the clutch at the start as the team try and re­solve the is­sue. Us­ing an up­graded clutch in Jerez, Rossi’s blis­ter­ing start left him jok­ing af­ter­wards about a pre­race strat­egy talk with one of his me­chan­ics: “My me­chanic Brent said to me on the grid ‘ first from the first corner to the last’ and I thought to my­self ‘sounds like a good idea!’ I did a good start and I felt good with the bike from the be­gin­ning!”

Ever won­dered how it feels to lead ev­ery lap of a Mo­togp at the age of 37? At least some­one is happy with Miche­lin Rossi was in con­trol from the start with Lorenzo mount­ing only a fleet­ing at­tack

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