World championship leader Valentino Rossi admits Yamaha have got some catching up to do if they are to be competitive at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Rossi found it tough going in the wet and dry at Jerez on Friday after finishing FP3 in 12th spot – more than a second behind fastest rider Dani Pedrosa.
The 38-year-old has finished on the podium for every race this season, but knows the battle he now has to make the cut into Q2.
“The conditions were quite wet today. This morning the track was full wet and the first impression is that with this bike we suffer a bit more,” said Rossi.
“We have to work. In fact, we were not very fast this morning.
“In the afternoon it was dry, but not completely, so we had to stay cautious because there were some humid patches. In the afternoon we also had some problems.
“We are not fast enough, so we have to work.”
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez found it similarly tough after the Spaniard was two places behind Rossi in 14th.