Not the kind of start to the Mugello weekend that Valentino Rossi expected. The Italian rider struggled all day aboard the Yamaha M1, finishing in 21st position in the combined standings, with only Iker Lecuona behind him.

“It’s not been a good day for us. I’m struggling with the braking mainly and can’t be particularly quick. Our initial setting was what we used at Le Mans, but it’s clear we need to make changes to improve our performance”, explains #46 at the end of the day.

“The Jerez tests were positive and left me optimistic. And we didn’t do too badly at Le Mans, particularly in practice, so we started with the same base here but clearly something’s not working as it should continues the Petronas rider.

"I’m struggling to stop the bike"

The decision to use hard tyres during the second session didn’t pay off either: “I tried to turn with the hard tyres and struggled, but I did notice that no one using those tyres was particularly fast. The standings speak the truth unfortunately, we’re behind right now”.

“One big problem I’ve had is with the initial braking phase, where I struggle to stop the bike and ran long more than once into San Donato. We need to work on the balance through this phase, because we’re not effective right now. But I did try the new front lowering device and can say I like it”, concludes Valentino.

Translated by Heather Watson

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