News 7 Jun 2011

Rossi and Ducati Team looking for more following fifth place at Catalunya

Setup choice prevented Rossi from finishing higher at Catalunya.

Setup choice prevented Rossi from finishing higher at Catalunya.

After a taking a disappointing fifth place finish at the Catalan Grand Prix, Ducati Marlboro’s Valentino Rossi is looking for more in the following MotoGP rounds, but has still managed to see some positives in his Barcelona result.

After a wet warm up session foiled Rossi and the team’s plans to try a new setting, they had to take a chance with it, which in hindsight may not have paid off for Rossi.

“I’m obviously not happy with fifth place, because our goal was to do better than that. To tell the truth, we really could have done a little better today but last night we thought of a change to try in the warm-up and the session turned out to be wet,” Rossi commented.

“The change worked quite well, so we found ourselves at a crossroads as to whether or not to blindly use it in the race.”

“We tried it, and that may have been a mistake because the bike moved a lot on corner entry It was sliding, and I didn’t have enough grip, so I was stuck for the whole race, unable to attack Dovizioso and Spies. Otherwise, I think I could have had a slightly better pace and perhaps battled with them.”

Despite the frustration of not being where he knows he should be in this championship, Rossi can still keep his head up and take some positives away from Catalunya.

“There are good and bad aspects to today’s race. On the positive side, we reduced the gap to the front, and the others in front of me weren’t so far ahead,” said Rossi.

“We’re not too far off, and we’re working well, which we need to continue doing. The championship is long and we’re still fully focused on both the GP11 and 2012, and we have no intention of backing off.”

Rossi and the Ducati Marlboro team will now look to Grand Prix of Britain this weekend at Silverstone.