Rossi 12th: ‘I’m not very happy...’

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While things might have been good on the Viñales side of the Mo­vis­tar Yamaha garage, it was de­cid­edly less so on his team-mate’s side, with Valentino Rossi strug­gling through a dif­fi­cult three days’ at a cir­cuit where he nor­mally ex­cels.

Work­ing hard on race pace and data col­lec­tion as they look to im­prove how the M1 con­serves its tyres into the sec­ond half of the race, Rossi put in three hard days rid­ing. But with mul­ti­ple en­tries and ex­its from the pits, and much of his time spent on used tyres, it meant he lan­guished in 12th spot.

Com­plet­ing far fewer laps than most of his ri­vals and not get­ting the chance com­plete a full race sim­u­la­tion ( Viñales did two) means that Rossi is a long way off where he wanted to be.

“We tried to work on the pace for the sec­ond half of the race, be­cause we suf­fered a lot there last year. We tried some­thing dif­fer­ent and at the end we didn’t im­prove a lot, so now we have to try some­thing else. I think the bike has good po­ten­tial, es­pe­cially with the en­gine, but for sure this was more dif­fi­cult for me than the other tests and I’m not very happy.

“We need to be bet­ter in Qatar. We have some­thing else to try, and for me the po­ten­tial with the new tyres isn’t so bad any­way, so we can im­prove there.”

One thing that Rossi was able to de­cide on at Phillip Is­land was the chas­sis that he’ll use for 2017, opt­ing for the up­dated ver­sion that he tested last time at Sepang de­signed specif­i­cally to im­prove tyre life at the end of races.

2017 hasn’t started well for Rossi

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