Petronas Yamaha SRT racer Valentino Rossi praised the return of Marc Marquez to the racing arena. Both participated in the free practice session for the third series at the Portuguese MotoGP, The Doctor said Marc’s performance had almost not changed despite a long injury.
“I expect Marquez to come back soon very strong. He also appears to be in very good physical shape. I saw him around the corner on the track and he seemed to be going as fast as before the injury. This is already very competitive, “he was quoted as saying by Motosan , Saturday, April 17, 2021.
Marc Marquez, who recently returned from an injury that kept him out for nine months, finished only sixth in the second free practice session of the Portuguese MotoGP . He slipped from third position on FP1. Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi also dropped to 15th. In fact, in FP1, the veteran Italian racer finished 11th.
For Rossi, the training session at the Partimao was a tough race. “The circuit is very beautiful, but also very difficult. It’s never easy here, for anyone. Tire grip was not great today, but it looks like I got better with each session, “said the nine-time world champion in motorsports.
“The mornings were a bit difficult because the conditions were very difficult, half wet and half dry. My lap times were not bad. Afternoon training sessions were more normal. On medium tires, I did a few laps at a racing pace which was not too bad. Unfortunately I was not consistent enough, there were some mistakes, “said Rossi.
“I am quite happy with the set-up. But we still have to improve, especially in the braking phase. I still have some problems in some areas. Tomorrow morning it will be very important to be in the top 10, then we’ll see, “said the Italian.
Valentino Rossi is trying to take one more step to enter directly into the Q2 qualifying MotoGP Qatar. However, if you finish in 16th, that move could have stalled.