Monster Energy factory Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi admitted that he expected to be stronger as the Italian struggled to eighth place in Aragon.
Qualifying on the second row, Rossi was cautiously optimistic at being able to challenge in the top five, if not having the pace to challenge Marc Marquez for the victory. Unfortunately for the Italian, he never had the pace from the off, instead ending in eighth place, 23 seconds off the race win.
Rossi was a little dejected after the race, explaining that he and Yamaha tend to struggle with the tyres, regardless of how soft they are.
“I know that my pace was not fantastic, really not enough to fight for the podium,” said the 40-year-old.
“But I hoped, and I expected to be stronger. The race was very difficult because we started with the hard like the other Yamahas. Quartararo and Maverick also have some problems at the end, but I already had a big, big drop from the rear tyre after five or six laps.
“So, unfortunately, I had to slow down and my pace was quite bad, but it’s not a problem of the tyre: more a problem with us, our setting, because in the second half of the season we modified, and I was more competitive in general.
“But we always have this problem with rear grip, and we suffer more than Quartararo and Vinales. I don’t know if we could have done better on the soft, because during the practice the soft wasn’ t very good for our bike.”