Rossi explains miserable MotoGP Portimao Friday after FP2 crash

Yamaha's Valentino Rossi says his difficult MotoGP Portuguese Grand Prix Friday was a result of a radical set-up change not working and his FP2 crash ruining his run plan

Rossi explains miserable MotoGP Portimao Friday after FP2 crash

The nine-time grand prix world champion is in his final weekend as a factory team Yamaha rider ahead of his switch to Petronas SRT in 2021, but got off to a terrible start at the Algarve Circuit after ending the day 1.8s off the pace in second-to-last.

Rossi tried "something different" to find better rear grip, but lost feeling with the front end and had to revert to a more normal set-up in FP2.

However, a crash at the Turn 4 left-hander in the afternoon forced him to run on his unpreferred second bike and meant he couldn't break into the top 20.

"The track is great, but it's also very difficult," the Yamaha rider explained.

"Today we tried something different, we tried to improve the grip, especially on the rear part of the bike.

"But unfortunately, I lose the balance, I lose the feeling, so I wasn't able to enter fast enough into the corners. So, was a difficult day.

"After, we go back to a bike that was a bit more standard and I was a bit faster, but unfortunately I crashed.

"From that moment we tried to do the time attack with the other bike but I didn't have the feeling on the front, so I was quite slow.

"So, I think that tomorrow we'll go back to a normal setting and we will see if we can be faster."

Expanding on his crash, Rossi believes he let his front tyre cool down too much as he sought a gap in the traffic.

"I crashed in the same corner as Taka [Nakagami] because I slowed down because I had some traffic," he added.

"So, when I arrived there, the first left corner after a lot of rights, maybe the front tyre was a bit cold and so under this point of view the tyre is very sensitive and I crashed.

"The gravel is very big, but we have some other track where the gravel is so big.

"But we spoke a lot also in the past [about this], but it's a big job and usually the gravel remains the same. So, it's better you don't crash."

shares
comments
Quartararo says Portimao is the "most difficult" MotoGP track
Previous article

Quartararo says Portimao is the "most difficult" MotoGP track

Next article

Rins to evaluate shoulder operation after MotoGP season ends

Rins to evaluate shoulder operation after MotoGP season ends
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022
The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader Plus

The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader

Coinciding with the arrival of Massimo Rivola as head of its MotoGP division, Aprilia has undergone an internal revolution that has spurred it from occupying last place in the team standings to leading the table in the space of just two years. Those entrenched in the project reveal how the ex-Ferrari F1 chief has achieved the dramatic turnaround

MotoGP
Jul 15, 2022
The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP Plus

The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

MotoGP
Jul 13, 2022
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022