Valentino Rossi says his loyal fanbase shouldn't get their hopes up too high ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano as he prepares for his much anticipated home event with Ducati.
The seven-time 500cc/MotoGP champion has endured a series of high profile struggles since joining forces with Ducati this season, not least at the most recent Indianapolis Grand Prix when a qualifying crash and race day gearbox problems consigned him to a distant tenth place.
Turning his attentions to this weekend's event at Misano, Rossi admits he would prefer to be making his first visit to his local circuit as a Ducati rider with a better run of form behind him.
With this in mind, Rossi has told fans to be prepared for results that 'won't be satisfying', even if he has vowed to do his utmost to go beyond the current lacklustre situation.
“We'll be racing in front of our home fans at Misano, and obviously we'd like to do better than we have at recent races. Indianapolis was very difficult, and we would have preferred to arrive here in better shape, but we're aware that much of our work is aimed toward the future.
“For the moment, we must take into account the possibility that our results won't be satisfying, first for us but also for our fans. We're all working at our maximum, both at the track and in the company, and in the meantime, we'll try to do as well as the current situation allows.”