Valentino Rossi will start from the last row of the Doha GP. Zero feeling with the rear tire and a solution still seems far away.
There is great confusion in the Petronas SRT box. After an amazing 2020 MotoGP season, the Valentino Rossi-Franco Morbidelli duo seems to have everything against. Just a week ago the Doctor was 4th on the grid, today 21st. The worst qualifying ever, certainly the adventure with the satellite team did not start under a lucky star. “We tried to do a lot of things with the soft rear but I slide a lot, I struggle a lot. Even in terms of pace, I am struggling because having little grip behind after a few laps I start to suffer a lot and I am too slow. We tried, compared to last week, to change the electronics setting to save more rubber, but nothing. We are a little worried“.
No intention of pointing the finger at Michelin. The conditions are similar for everyone, the Soft remains the only solution for the race. “Last week I was good with new tires, so we tried to do something to improve his life, but unfortunately I’m not fast enough. It will be difficult, I have to start from behind. We have to understand and we will see“. Valentino Rossi has the experience and the coldness necessary to get out of this tunnel. “From one week to the next, things change even if we are on the same track. We are not happy because our goal is to be ahead and to be competitive instead of having big problems. Of course this is not an easy situation“.
Together with Matteo Flamigni and David Munoz they try to study other solutions. There is little time ahead of the second MotoGP race, including the 20 minutes of the warm-up. “My team and I will do whatever it takes. It is important not to get angry, obviously we are not happy. I suffer from acceleration and am trying to change some things like my driving style. We’ll see if we can do a little better“.
In the other corner of the garage, Franco Morbidelli’s, things are certainly not going any better. The runner-up does not have good feelings after qualifying, the specter of a race to be archived hovers like the one seven days ago. “Are there so many confused pilots? Well, because I am too … We have changed all the pieces to remove our doubts, but nothing has changed. I see important Yamaha men around me to try to understand, but the reality is that we are groping in the dark”
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