Valentino Rossi didn't managed to directly enter the Q2 this time either. So, this afternoon, he'll have to try to conquer one of the two places still available that are needed to decide the first four rows. The Doctor didn't have bad FP3s at the Red Bull Ring, but he missed the flying lap, unlike all the other Yamaha riders.
“This morning was not that bad at the beginning, because I had a good pace. We changed something on the bike. In the end, it's a shame, because I was fast on the last lap, but I made a mistake at Turn 9 and, consequently, I'll have to take part in the Q1,” he commented about his 15th time.
Maverick Vinales, on the other hand, entered the Q2, and the Spanish rider was very optimistic for the race, as he was yesterday.
“The sensations are really good," he said. "I'm very happy because I was strong enough in the race set-up. I was close to the top of the rankings, and that's the most important thing. However, we still have to improve a bit on the flying lap for the afternoon, because I don't think we're in perfect condition yet. In the next tests, I'll try to be more fluid on the track, trying to understand the best way to ride, especially in the third sector. I lose a few tenths there, and we have to improve. We'll do our best and, of course, we'll try to get to the front row. I'll try to push hard in qualifying.”