Valentino Rossi has expressed concern that he is suffering the same tyre problems in Qatar as he did last year and all the improvements made to Yamaha’s tyre wear issue at Sepang have vanished.
Rossi left Malaysia buoyed by the 2020 M1’s attitude on worn tyres but after trying a couple of long runs at Losail, he has been left with some homework to do with new crew chief David Munoz.
“We are more worried for the pace because like last year in the second half of the race we suffer, we suffer with the tyres, especially with the rear and unfortunately I’m not able to keep the pace,” said Rossi, speaking at the track.
“We tried yesterday, we tried the first day and today we try two times. We have some data and we have to understand why and try to fix before the race.
General feeling is not so bad, because today we improved the setting, we fixed the setting and I was good. In the first laps I’m always quite fast, but this problem is a big problem for us and is very similar to what happened last year. So, we are worried.”
Rossi crashed on his second time attack run, going down at turn two trying to better the 1’54.332 he set on the first new tyre.
“I did a good laptime on the first tyre, and I tried to push on the second one because usually you are able to improve.
“I think I entered to turn two a little bit more on the right and on the first lap that corner you always need to pay attention and I lost the front.”