Rossi struggled from the cool evening states on Friday and Saturday in Qatar, but having qualified 14th he ended the race fifth, just six tenths behind winner Andrea Dovizioso.

The 40-year-old said his bicycle’s validity on Sunday was a”positive surprise”, however, insisted his impression with the Yamaha, as well as the bicycle flaws, have not shifted since 2018.

“For me personally, the difficulties are far more or less the same,” he said. “In certain areas we improve but we always fight with the rear handle and is not difficult.

“Today my bike has been good, because if you have a good bike you don’t arrive close to the success or even the podium.

“A positive surprise, because from the practice that I really don’t have an excellent feeling.

“Last year I was stronger in the tradition. After all, in the race I make greater or less the same like this past year, just I start behind and that I am in a position to come back.

“The thing is that less or more our level of performance is similar to 2018 only at that moment.”

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He added:”for whatever reason here the tyres slide yet withstand. Other tracks where the tyre slide, the performance drops longer. For me, we tend to be less or more on exactly the exact identical ship.

“For us it’s very difficult because this year that the difference in the top speed is very high. But the issue isn’t simply the very best speed, is that the acceleration out of the corners.

“Looks like the others bikes, , Ducati but additionally Suzuki, is able to put up the earth more traction, more power, so on speed we lose.

“Is additionally therefore that the maximum speed is way [from the speediest bikes]. The issue is that, the depart from the corner.”

Rossi added that while Yamaha is near to its 2018 level, Suzuki’s profits over the cold temperatures means that the team should improve even more.

“The problem is that we arrive behind Ducati, , a non-factory [Cal Crutchlow’s LCR motorcycle ] and a Suzuki [Alex Rins].

“the situation this year is that Suzuki are strong. Cal was quite strong and last year [however ] I was able to beat him and so more or less Cal is on exactly the same level.

“The larger progress is from the Suzuki so for me, we have to work.”

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

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