MotoGP legend and points leader Valentino Rossi believes his poor qualifying performance cost him a shot of winning the Catalan Grand Prix at Barcelona, which was won by teammate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo.
Rossi started seventh and took several laps to battle his way into second. By this time, he was already 1.5s behind Lorenzo.
Although he closed the gap, he realized his best chance for victory would have been to start from higher up the grid.
“I hoped [to catch Lorenzo] but I know it’s difficult,” said Rossi. “This time I was OK with the bike. Unfortunately, starting from the third row, I lost that second and a half in the first laps.
“Also, if I was stronger in the first laps [it would have helped] and after I always stay there. But I am happy, because I had a good pace, a good setting.
“My speed was equal to Jorge in the race today, which is a good target. After seven races we have one point different in the championship, and we have more or less the same speed, so it will be interesting I think!”