Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi had a more challenging day at the Losail Circuit in Qatar on Sunday as he struggled to find the same feeling he had on Saturday.
However the Italian sis have a productive day, determined to shape up for the MotoGP season, putting in 54 laps in total
Around halfway through the session he set his fastest time of the day, a 1'55.185s. Unable to further improve on his time as the temperatures went down, the Italian settled for eleventh position in today‘s results, 0.855s from his teammate.
However, Rossi ended up in sixth place in the combined standings, thanks to the 1‘54.732s lap that he set on Saturday.
“Today was more difficult compared to yesterday.” He said. “We started with the same bike to continue our programme, but unfortunately I didn't have the same feeling and the same speed. It looks like the condition of the track changed a bit and we were unable to improve. I didn't have the same feeling as yesterday and I was a bit slower.”
“We put in a lot of effort to go a bit slower. I think we are still not ready, we don't understand 100% how to make the bike work at the maximum. We are a bit worried because at the end except for some good laps the winter tests were very difficult. So now we have to speak together and try to be stronger for the first race. I hope to be faster and more competitive.”
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will return to the Losail circuit in two weeks' time to officially kick off the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.