However, the Italian took the result well, and focussed on the positives after a disappointing qualifying round in Aragon the week before.
He said: “When you lose the pole position to a small difference, it’s always a shame.
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“But it’s more like good news than bad news because last week, in Aragon, I started 18th, now I’m second.”
Andrea Dovizioso came in third, while Rossi’s teammate Maverick Vinales secured P4 to give Movistar Yamaha Moto GP’s team a strong start on Sunday.
Rossi added: “This weekend, I feel good with the bike since Friday. Today, together with the team, we followed the right way. We were able to improve the balance of the bike.”
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