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Video: Valentino Rossi Interview

Yes, I am very lucky because in my career I have won many races, lots of great achievements and lots of World Championships so… yes, I still feel like a champion.

Q:
Why is Yamaha the best bike for you?

Valentino Rossi:
Yamaha is the best bike for me because it's very suitable to my riding style and with the M1 I am able to give more than 100%. The bike is very precise and you need to ride it in a very clear way, which is what I like a lot. Yes, it's a great bike for me and for my riding style.

Q:
What would you say to all those who think that Valentino is getting too old. Do you feel you still have what it takes to be champion?

Valentino Rossi:
Unfortunately I am quite old, this is true.... but I feel very good! I think the mental and the physical conditions are very important, and from this point of view I am in good shape. Especially the motivation is very important: the motivation to make everything possible to stay at the top and I still have this motivation.

Q:
Jorge Lorenzo welcomed you back to Yamaha. Have you changed your perception of him?

Valentino Rossi:
I changed my perception of Jorge especially in the last two years. I had a lot of troubles but Jorge was always very friendly with me and also when he noticed I was coming back to Yamaha he was very happy, so I think that we can be a good team in the next two seasons.

Q:
The ice has been broken. The answers you were waiting for have finally arrived. Are you satisfied with your pre-season work?

Valentino Rossi:
At this point I am very much satisfied. In Sepang the bike worked very well and we were already quite fast. Of course I know that the pre-season test is very different than the real races, so we'll have to wait until 7th April to have the answer.

Q:
In your opinion what's the current YZR-M1 missing to be the perfect bike?

Valentino Rossi:
The M1 is a great bike because it has a perfect balance, is very friendly with the rider, easy to be brought to the limit. For sure we have to work a lot in different areas to be on top, because our competitors improve all the time. I think we need to improve the speed and the stability in acceleration, to exit faster from the corners.

Q:
What season do you expect to have after these early tests?

Valentino Rossi:
I hope to enjoy. I hope I can fight again for the podium and to win some races. After that, we'll see where we are in the Championship ranking.

Q:
What would a podium in the first race mean for you?

Valentino Rossi:
It would mean a lot to me. Trying to be on the podium again and fight to win some races has been my target since I signed with Yamaha, last year.





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Mike - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 6:23 PM

"it's like the past 2 years never happened"......except you've aged about 10 years matey! That's the ducati effect on his skin right there people!



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