Valentino's relationship with Portimao didn’t improved, not even in the FP3s. Although Rossi likes the Portuguese track a lot, he’s unable to be competitive. The Doctor will have to pass through the Q1 after scoring a disappointing 20th place in the last free practice session.
“We've worked and improved,” he explained. “We’ve improved the pace, but we’re a bit worried about the tires. After a few laps, we lose some performance. We’re still a bit far from the top. We have to try to be faster.”
Maverick Vinales, on the other hand, managed to snatch a 10th time at the end of the free practice, a position that earned him direct access to the Q2. But even the Spanish rider struggled more than he expected.
“These FP3s have been a pretty bad session because we lost grip. I don’t understand why I wasn’t able to be faster this morning than yesterday,” he commented. “We have to work, because this inconsistency gives us some problems. We need to see if we can fix them.”