No complaints from Raffaele de Rosa this weekend about the disrupted MotoGP and Moto2 action due to the heavy rain and storms – the decision to cancel qualifying and use the combined practice times to determine grid position for tomorrow’s Moto2 race handed de Rosa a season best fifth position on the grid for the Grand Prix of Portugal.
Raffaele de Rosa 5th 1.52.808
“Today was a little bit strange because it is not very often that the weather is so bad that it makes it impossible to ride. I am really happy that I pushed so hard in tricky conditions yesterday because although I didn’t know it at the time it would give my best grid position of the season. This morning when the conditions were really treacherous with so much rain we improved the setting of the bike a lot and we had more rear grip and better feeling from the front. I had a crash but that can happen in wet conditions but apart from that, I am confident of achieving a strong result.”
Yuki Takahashi 9th 1.54.302
“I can’t really complain with ninth on the grid because the last few races I’ve been a long way down the grid. If the race is wet tomorrow then I’m convinced I can be fighting for the top five because I’ve had a good feeling in the rain throughout. But if the race is dry then it becomes a lottery for everybody and nobody has really got any information. At the moment it looks like it will be wet and I’ve got a good set-up, so hopefully I’ll be able have a good race for a strong finish to the season.”
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