The nine-time grand prix world champion certified a lowly 17th on the Algarve observe and admitted he was “anxious” about his tempo having did not make any step ahead from his troublesome Doha GP weekend.
Nevertheless, Rossi managed to take a step ahead with bike set-up to enhance braking and acceleration for the race and was working first rate tempo as he battled for the highest 10 earlier than crashing out on lap 15.
When requested by Autosport if his tempo in final Sunday’s race provided him extra encouragement, he mentioned: “Sure, it relies upon very a lot on the tyres.
“Right here we are able to use the onerous tyre and with the onerous tyre I’m capable of be quicker.
“So, the race on the finish was not too unhealthy from the place from the place I begin and my tempo was not unhealthy in comparison with yesterday.
“So, I’m extra assured.”
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Explaining his race additional, he added: “I used to be higher as a result of we improved the setting of the bike and placed on the onerous rear which gave me higher feeling, higher stability.
“My tempo was not unhealthy. Sadly, once you begin behind it’s at all times troublesome.
“I did one mistake in Flip 1, I lose a little bit of time overtaking Luca [Marini].
“However after, I can arrive within the high 10 and take some factors. However sadly, I misplaced the entrance at Turns 10, 11.
“We’ve to examine the info, nevertheless it’s a disgrace as a result of we may have taken some factors. However [the fact] it stays that within the race I used to be a bit higher.”
Rossi’s cube with Avintia rookie Marini was important because it was towards his half-brother, who was driving a Ducati in VR46 branding.
The Italian admitted this was a “unusual” feeling.
“Sadly, I needed to do extra aggressive with my brother as a result of in that second I used to be quicker and I used to be behind Alex Marquez,” Rossi mentioned.
“So, roughly we had the identical tempo, however I lose one lap and a half overtaking Luca.
“However it’s a wierd feeling overtaking a VR46 bike, however particularly overtaking my brother.”