The Petronas SRT Yamaha rider needed to undergo this night’s Q1 session and was unable to make any impression, having admitted after Friday he wasn’t “robust sufficient” to battle for a high end result.
In the long run Rossi solely managed a 1m54.881s, some 1.7 seconds slower than his Qatar GP lap which put him fourth on the grid, and 1.7s off rookie polesetter Jorge Martin on the Pramac Ducati.
This meant Rossi will line up twenty first for Sunday’s race – his worst-ever Saturday lead to MotoGP.
Explaining what went improper on Saturday, Rossi mentioned: “Very troublesome right now as a result of I used to be by no means robust. We tried to enhance the sensation with the bike, with the rear, however I suffered very a lot.
“I’ve an absence of grip in acceleration and likewise after some laps anyway… I undergo lots and my tempo is just not good. Additionally, within the qualifying with the brand new tyre I by no means have the sensation to be quick sufficient.
“Final week I used to be good with the brand new tyres, and like this we tried to do one thing for enhance the life however sadly I’m not quick sufficient. [It] shall be troublesome, I’ve to start out from behind. We now have to grasp and we are going to see.”
Rossi’s efficiency is in stark distinction to his Yamaha stablemates’, with Maverick Vinales finishing the entrance row on the identical 2021 M1 because the Italian, with Fabio Quartararo fifth and Franco Morbidelli tenth on his ‘A-spec’ Yamaha.
Admitting he’s “in hassle” together with his race tempo, Rossi merely hopes to not be forged too far adrift of the pack forward of him in Sunday’s Doha GP.
“For tomorrow it’s troublesome as a result of I begin behind, however I’m lots in hassle with the tempo, the tempo is just not quick sufficient,” he added. “So, I must strive to stick with the group of the blokes in entrance.
“Final week was an extended line, so roughly all people is in a line, so [we] don’t have an enormous distinction between the group. So, strive to stick with them and see.”