Petronas Yamaha SRT racer, Valentino Rossi, admitted that he appeared very disappointing when he was warmed up to the Italian GP. The Doctor ended the first day of the sixth series of MotoGP 2021 by finishing 21st in the second free practice session.
though Rossi had hoped to achieve good results at his home race, the Italian GP in 2021. However, this hope faded after appearing in two free practice sessions that took place at the Mugello Circuit, Italy.
Rossi started his run at the Italian GP badly. The Italian racer finished 17th with a record time of 1 minute and 48.302 seconds in the first free practice session. He was 1.709 seconds away from Monster Energy Yamaha racer, Maverick Vinales in the first position.
Things got worse for Rossi in the second free practice session. He finished 21st with a time of 1 and 47.719 seconds. Rossi was 1.572 seconds behind his student who is now defending Ducati Lenovo, Francesco Bagnaia, in the first place.
The bad results reinforce the limits of Rossi’s ability at the Mugello Circuit. The 42-year-old racer admits it gracefully. “It’s been a tough day. Unfortunately, what the classification shows are correct, maybe I could be a little faster, but not more, “he said.
Rossi admitted that he was surprised by what happened to him at the Mugello Circuit. He performed quite well in the last race, the 2021 French Grand Prix, as well as the test at the Jerez Circuit, Spain. This is what made him not dare to set high targets.
Rossi, who usually performs well at the Mugello Circuit, will only try to find balance on his bike. However, there is not much time as the last two free practice sessions and qualifying will take place today.
“We used the Le Mans (French MotoGP 2021) arrangement, with some adjustments for Mugello, but I struggled. I’ve always been strong here, but I also had a difficult race in 2019, “said Rossi, quoted from Tuttomotoriweb.
“The test at Jerez went well, at Le Mans the feeling is improving, we are getting closer to the front. However, something different is needed on this track. We have to find the right balance because I don’t have fun with the bike, “he concluded.
Ahead of the 2021 Italian GP, Valentino Rossi admits he is under pressure
Petronas Yamaha SRT racer, Valentino Rossi, admitted that he was under pressure ahead of the Italian GP. The Doctor cannot deny that he is nervous about carrying out the sixth series of MotoGP 2021 at the Mugello Circuit, Sunday (30/5/2021).
This season, the Mugello Circuit has again held races after being absent from MotoGP last season. This can be considered a home race for Rossi. Unfortunately, he was unable to appear in front of the Italian public live because the race was held without an audience.
This keeps Rossi feeling the pressure. Even the 42-year-old racer has felt it since early last week. “Yes, for a week from Monday, you feel Mugello’s special pressure,” he explained.
“The atmosphere is a little different. Then, when I wake up Monday I feel a little strange and I think why, but after that, because this is Mugello week, “continued Rossi, quoting from Crash.
Rossi admitted it was difficult to manage the pressure at the Italian GP. However, when compared to the previous ones, VR46 felt less pressure. Moreover, he is now no longer strengthening the Yamaha factory team which demands more results.
The seven-time MotoGP world champion admits that he is a little calmer by strengthening the Yamaha satellite team, namely Petronas SRT. “Sometimes it’s difficult to manage, but it’s an extraordinary feeling,” continued Franco Morbidelli’s teammate.