Italian GP - Rossi is still in pain

Italian GP - Rossi is still in pain

By alexbreton 2 Jun 2017 , 9:39pm 5022

02/06/2017 UPDATE 

Valentino Rossi is recovering from a motocross injury, he had to prove his fitness to circuit medics before he spent 33 laps getting his bike and tyres used to the high temperatures. But today at the Italian GP free pratice, we can see hes pain.  

The Doctor, a nine times world champion across all categories, said he was doing all he could to be ready in time.

Rossi: "I feel a lot better, but there is still pain, I will do my best to be on track Sunday."

The Italian is third in the championship, 23 points behind his Spanish teammate and overall leader Maverick Vinales after five races. Rossi lost ground after crashing out of second place on the final lap last time out in France and needs to bounce back.

But he needs to find more pace, because despite improving his lap times by half a second he is back in 14th with a best time of 1m 48.000secs. That leaves him 0.635secs down on Cal Crutchlow who scorched his LCR Honda top of the leaderboard in the final minutes of the afternoon session.

He opted to try a soft compound tyre for his final run and it paid dividends, taking him ahead of local hero Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) by 0.029secs. Jonas Folger was third fastest time on the Tech3 Yamaha just ahead of Michele Pirro (Ducati) with Vinales fifth fastest after a heavy crash.

He got a bruising as he tumbled across the gravel, but even with a new set of leathers he was unable to beat his first session time of 1m 47.669secs.

Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa improved his times by 0.592secs across the day but still has work to do.

That is also the case for his team-mate and reigning champion Marc Marquez, who was only marginally faster than rival Rossi. Scott Redding was on a par with both but little went right for Sam Lowes who crashed his Aprilia and was then frustrated by bike problems that stranded him in the pit-lane.