MotoGP Qatar: Grip problems ‘same as last year’ - Rossi

Valentino Rossi fought his way from mid-pack to fifth in yesterday’s Qatar MotoGP but is still suffering with the same problems that held him back last season despite Yamaha turning the YZR-M1 upside down over winter.

Rossi reckons he is still suffering from a lack of grip under acceleration and the team could be in more trouble at other tracks as Qatar is one where the Movistar Yamaha performs well due to it’s flowing nature.

“We worked by modifying the setting of the bike and also for the race we made some other adjustments which worked and I am happy because it was a good race,” said Rossi, speaking at the track.

“I feel good with the bike and I enjoyed it coming from the back so it is not so bad. The problem is that we are more or less like last year.

Sachsenring or Austin could prove very tough for The Doctor and team-mate Maverick Vinales unless a solitution is found.

“I arrived in fifth place which is good, especially being 0.6s from the victory. But in this track we are always good so we have to keep working because in some other places we could have some more problems.

“We will take this result. The podium, I tried for it, but I was not strong enough. The problems are more or less the same. In some areas we improved but unfortunately we are always struggling with the rear grip and it is difficult.”

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