Lack of rhythm costs Rossi

A poor start, bad tyre choice and lack of rhythm all contributed to Valentino Rossi's poor display in the Czech Republic.

The legendary Italian started the weekend with a nine-point lead in the Riders' standings, but he now finds himself level on 211 points with Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo after the Spaniard won Sunday's race in Brno.

Lorenzo started in pole position and never relinquished first place, but Rossi made a nightmare start as he slipped to fifth and, although he fought his way back to finish third, he was more than 10s adrift of his team-mate.

"I expected a better race but I don’t think I had the tyres," the veteran rider, who is now second in the standings as he has won only three races compared to Lorenzo's five, said. "I expected to be faster and stronger. I know that with Jorge it would be very difficult, but I hoped I could stay together with Marc [Marquez].

"But, unfortunately, my start was bad. It was not just the start, I hadn’t enough rhythm – I struggled a lot with the bike. I tried to push, but I wasn’t able to be fast enough."

While Lorenzo opted for the medium rear tyre, Rossi had the harder rubber on his bike and he was never really comfortable.

He added: "It looks like I had not enough grip from the front and rear. At the end, it’s a podium, I was lucky that the group behind me also have problems, maybe bigger than me.

"I expected to be stronger, and do a better race closer to the first two."

"Maybe we did some small mistakes."