The standings don't lie this time, and Valentino (the only rider not to have improved yesterday's time) with his 19th position, reflect his difficulties. The first day in Qatar seemed to have confirmed the good impressions that were had on the M1 2019, but everything changed today.
Vinales calls her "the best Yamaha I've ever riden," Rossi shrugs: "if he says so, I agree. I hope with all my heart that Maverick is right, and that I'm wrong because I believe that we're not strong enough right now to aim for a victory." After all, his teammate is at the other end of the standings, in 2nd place, ahead of Quartararo.
"Maverick and Fabio were fast. Morbidelli and I were more in trouble," the Doctor continues. "I was too slow. I can't be happy. Right now I can't say if we'll be able to change the situation tomorrow. I know that we're missing a few tenths from the best."
At just one test day from the race, Valentino won't be sleeping peacefully.
"When you're so far behind, you worry. It's normal," he says. "Unfortunately, it was a difficult day. We worked hard, but we got nothing. It's a pity because we tried important things, and we hoped to improve, but I never had a grip on the rear, while the front satisfied me. At the end of the day, I mounted a soft tire, but I didn't give it my all. I knew I wouldn't be fast anyway."
In this situation, the only solution is to comb through the data and look for a new course to follow.
"That 's what we'll do," confirms Rossi. "Yesterday we worked on a basic setting. Today on distribution, weight balancing, and electronics, but we weren't able to solve the problems. The bike slips a lot, and, on this track, we suffer too much on the straight, much more than at Sepang. The fact remains that 10 km/h less than Ducati and Honda are a lot. It's normal to be worried."