Rossi registered his worst qualifying end in his complete 25-year grand prix profession in final weekend’s Doha spherical in Qatar, having limped to 21st aboard his Petronas SRT Yamaha.
He did not salvage a lot within the race, the 42-year-old coming away from the second spherical of the season with out factors in 16th having additionally light from fourth to 12th within the Qatar GP the week earlier than.
Following his worst begin to a premier class season since his maiden season in 2000, Rossi admitted he was not sure if his kind would rebound when MotoGP returns to Europe beginning with subsequent week’s Portuguese GP.
Reviewing the Doha race in his new ’99 Seconds’ YouTube collection, Lorenzo – who spent seven years as Rossi’s team-mate in MotoGP – was scathing in his evaluation of Rossi’s efficiency, however expects him to be stronger come the fourth round at Jerez.
“Rossi has disillusioned me, as I suppose he has disillusioned his followers as a result of so much is at all times anticipated from Valentino,” Lorenzo mentioned.
“To be 21st in apply, I believe he mentioned he had some practices that he did worse in his profession, but it surely’s troublesome to discover a worse one.
“After which within the race, exterior the factors, I additionally assume It is troublesome to discover a race that Valentino completed, with out a crash or an engine breakdown, exterior of the factors.
“It’s the second time that he’s far behind the opposite Yamaha.
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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“Let’s hope it’s a specific event. He by no means did effectively in Qatar and higher circuits will certainly come.
“I don’t know if will probably be in Portimao, that can even be troublesome for him. However certainly, he’ll come again robust in Jerez.”
Lorenzo additionally supplied his opinion on Pramac rookie Jorge Martin, who scored his maiden pole on the Doha GP earlier than occurring to complete third having led for the primary 17 laps of the race.
In Martin’s driving, Lorenzo seen shades of himself and of double world champion Casey Stoner.
“On braking, he jogs my memory loads of Stoner, additionally due to his aggressiveness and since he brakes very late and leaves the brakes very decisively like Casey did,” Lorenzo mentioned of Martin.
“And I additionally assume he seems a bit like me within the [riding] place in the course of the nook.
“He hangs off so much, virtually touching with the [track with his] elbow and even with the shoulder in some corners.
“After which he additionally has loads of nook pace. He has been capable of do loads of cornering pace with the Ducati in comparison with a [Johann] Zarco that could be very direct in braking and doesn’t put together very effectively for cornering, or [Jack] Miller.”