Concerned Rossi expects to 'suffer' on race day

Six-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi stormed onto the front row in Brno, but he is not confident he can maintain a challenge on Sunday.

Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is not confident his bike will be quick enough on race day.   -  Getty Images

Valentino Rossi was delighted to qualify second fastest at the Czech Republic Grand Prix, as he is concerned by the pace of his Movistar Yamaha.

The six-time MotoGP world champion is second in the standings this year and has regularly been able to challenge Marc Marquez, whose time he beat in qualifying.

But while others, including Marquez, will hope to build on their Saturday performances, Rossi instead sees the race as a damage-limitation exercise.

The Italian is not confident his bike is quick enough and, after a slow start to qualifying, was just pleased that a flying late lap now gives him a chance.

"For the race, our pace at this moment is not fantastic," Rossi told BT Sport. "Because after some laps, we suffer a bit.

"So to make this lap is even more important. To start from the front row is very important. I'm very happy.

"I know that with the new tyres, I can be competitive. This morning I was very strong. This afternoon, with more temperature, I was able to improve a little bit and it was a very good lap.

"Now we have to make the right choice for the tyre and wait for the temperature."