Monster Energy factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi said that his home Grand Prix in Misano panned out how he expected, as the Italian came home in fourth place.
The Italian had his work cut out, starting from the head of the third row in seventh place and after a slow start, Rossi found himself in mid pack, being held up early by the KTM of Pol Espargaro. That allowed Marquez, Quartararo and Vinales to slowly pull away out front, leaving Rossi to battle with Franco Morbidelli, before eventually coming home in a lonely fourth place.
“I was hoping to fight for the podium, because it would have been beautiful to hear the cheers from my fans from up there, but the race went more or less as I expected,” said Rossi.
“Maybe I expected Maverick to be a bit faster and Quartararo to be a bit slower, but anyway the three in front of me had a better pace. I knew there were two or three points on the track where I was going to lose some time.
“We tried to fix that problem during the weekend, but unfortunately we didn’t succeed. I started from seventh and it was hard: I could overtake Dovi but then I was passed by Rins. I struggled to overtake Franco because always at the point that I was going to do it, he was riding really well. I knew overtaking was going to be hard at this track, and so it was.
“Anyway, my pace was not as fast as the riders in front and even without the KTM in front, it would have been difficult to stay close to them.”
One of the biggest areas of concern for Rossi has been that of rear grip. The Italian noted that the rear grip has improved since the summer break, however, is still somewhat short of what the satellite bike of Quartararo has been enjoying in 2019.
“During this season we’re struggling about the rear grip, especially compared to Quartararo, also a little bit with Maverick,” he said.
“They accelerate better, they are able to open the throttle to have more grip and they exit from the corner better.
“After the stop of the summer break, we modified the balance of the bike, and looks like we improved compared to the first half of the season, but it’s not enough, because I’m better in braking, in entry I’m not so bad, but in acceleration we lose. So, we need to find the solution for being strong in that area.”