Rossi was obviously elated to have been so close to pole, nevermind the importance of starting on the front row at Motegi, where the first turn is fairly tight and can cause some unintentional collisions. "Yeah, I’m very satisfied especially because we’re starting in the front row for the race tomorrow will be very important. It will be a tough race, very long where everybody push at the maximum. I’m also happy because we work well with the team on the bike, we improve a lot the setting, we make a good job and for the qualifying I was strong. And I hope that this modification help me with the rhythm for the race because during the practice my rhythm was not so bad but nothing special, so if we want to try to make a good race and fight for the victory tomorrow we have to improve."