Valentino Rossi believes he has got to grips with the tyre issues on his Yamaha bike after his best practice session of the season.
The seven-time world champion was hampered by front-end movement throughout testing during the winter and that continued during the practice sessions of the campaign’s first two races.
But Rossi – who has managed to recover from those issues to secure two podium finishes – was fourth fastest during FP2 at the Americas MotoGP.
And although the Italian was behind Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales and pace-setter Marc Marquez, Rossi is confident that his crew and himself have solved their teething problems.
“A better start compared to the first two races for sure, which were a disaster,” Rossi said.
“In Argentina we modify very much the balance and now I have a better feeling. For me, we understand something important.
“This track is very different, but we don’t change the bike a lot from Argentina and already this morning I was in the top 10 and not so far. It looks like we are still able to do some adjustment, but the base setting we understand more.
“Compared to the other two races, it’s better. I can ride the bike in a better way and I think that for me, now, the soft front tyre casing is okay.”