The Petronas SRT rider loved considered one of strongest weekends of the yr by follow and qualifying on his Yamaha, placing his M1 eighth on the grid.
However the cooler temperatures skilled of race day in comparison with the remainder of the weekend compelled Rossi into operating the medium rear tyre as an alternative of his most popular arduous possibility.
Making a powerful begin inside the highest eight, Rossi says he skilled a dramatic drop in grip because the race wore on, as if his tyre “burned”, and he plummeted to 18th as he lapped over four seconds off his best pace in the final laps.
Rossi says he’d hoped to have a stronger closing outing at Silverstone and the actual fact he didn’t was “an ideal disgrace”.
“I used to be fairly robust throughout all of the weekend, and I really feel good with the bike and I had respectable tempo,” Rossi mentioned. “We all know that beginning with the medium for us is a little more troublesome as a result of it was higher with the arduous.
“However as we speak was very chilly, so we wanted to go together with the medium.
“So, I anticipated we may have extra issues however not like this. I began nicely lastly, and in addition within the first laps I used to be within the [lead] group, that is necessary.
“I used to be kind of within the place the place I anticipated, the place I may combat with my tempo, round seventh, eighth, ninth place I feel.
“However after 5, six laps the rear tyre dropped extremely.
Alex Marquez, Workforce LCR Honda, Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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“On the precise I didn’t have any extra grip. It’s just like the tyre burned, and after the rubber misplaced a number of efficiency.
“I began to lose one, two, three seconds a lap. I attempted to reach to the tip, however I used to be very, very sluggish.
“It’s an ideal disgrace, I’m very unhappy as a result of I needed to attempt to make a superb consequence right here as a result of I just like the monitor and it has a superb ambiance with a number of followers across the monitor.
“And particularly as a result of I felt good with the bike as a result of this monitor could be very quick, has technical factors, and throughout the weekend I used to be all the time aggressive. I needed to attempt to arrive within the prime 10, but it surely’s like this.”
When requested if there was any likelihood to make use of the tougher rear tyre within the race, Rossi added: “Sadly no. Sadly, it’s not attainable to make use of the arduous, as a result of we don’t have sufficient temperature to make the rubber work.
“I do know that with the medium it’s a bit harder for us as a result of yesterday I used to be quicker with the arduous, however you can not select.
“You needed to race with the medium as a result of as we speak was very chilly.”