Author: Oli Rushby in Valencia Posted: 07 Nov 2015
Valentino Rossi has said there is much more risk for him starting tomorrow’s race from the back of the grid as he goes after his tenth Grand Prix world title in Valencia.
The Italian will start dead last in tomorrow’s final MotoGP race of the season after being slapped with a penalty for the controversial coming together with Marc Marquez in Sepang.
Winning the title isn’t completely out of Rossi’s grasp but victory will largely depend on where championship rival and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo finishes the race. Should the Spaniard finish first or second, it will be nigh on impossible for Rossi to take the crown as he’d have to fight through the pack to take a podium finish (second if Lorenzo wins, third if Lorenzo is second).
However, if Lorenzo is third Rossi only needs to finish sixth, which is a much more achievable goal.
“From Thursday when I know that I have to start last, the situation is quite desperate,” Rossi confessed to journalists at the track. “So it is anyway, very difficult. I have just to try the maximum and try to make a good race from the beginning to the end and see what happens. It doesn’t just depend on us unfortunately.”
Another thing that won’t help the Italian is Lorenzo starting from pole position after shattering the lap record in qualifying at the Spanish circuit. Rossi on the other hand set the 12th fastest time of the Q2 session after crashing out in the closing stages.
“For sure we hoped that Jorge don’t do the pole position and Honda are strong, but Jorge was faster,” said Rossi. “For us it is impossible to understand what will happen in the race at the front, we just have to concentrate and try to improve.
“Somebody say that tomorrow can be a little bit cooler, that is a bit better, but we have tomorrow morning to try to understand if we can do some modification to improve the pace. After that we try the maximum.
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“It looks like Jorge is very fast, but also the two Hondas are very fast too. They have good pace so I think they will fight for the victory, after that I do not know what will happen.
“Iannone is the fourth guy with the pace but in qualifying he struggled a bit and has to start on the third row. For me, there are a minimum of seven-eight bikes fighting for fourth place and everybody have the pace, it is quite good. I have to try to recover and make a good start, that will be important and after not lose too much time in the first laps. It is 30 laps so we have to see what happens.”