Rossi: Lorenzo was just too fast
1 November 2010 – Fiat Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi had to settle for the runners-up spot in the MotoGP race at Estoril on Sunday - and he admitted at the finish that he just couldn’t keep up with his team-mate and eventual winner, Jorge Lorenzo.
“Like I said yesterday, a wet warm up and a dry race is a difficult one!” said Rossi. “[But] I am happy about this weekend, we worked really well on the bike in the wet and this morning I was the fastest in the warm up, if it had been a wet race I could have been very competitive.
“For the dry we started blind so I had to try to take some risks at the beginning because the setting was okay, but it was not enough because when Jorge got into his rhythm he was faster than me and I had no way to fight with him. I tried to stay with him but he was too fast.
“Anyway second place is positive for my championship because I am back in third place and I'm not so far from Dani Pedrosa in second. I'm happy to have improved the setting of the bike but we are still not strong enough so we will try to improve for Valencia for a final win with Yamaha.”
Rossi’s Team Manager Davide Brivio added: "On one side it was a very good race because we went into a dry race with a blind setting and we got a very good result, but unfortunately when you are so very close to the victory it's hard to not get there.
“Anyway we took a positive second position and we learned a lot today about out setting for the final race. It was a very positive day for Yamaha too because we took the Triple Crown again."