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Rossi to continue with 'different' set-up

“We will continue in a slightly different way to Jorge” – Valentino Rossi.
Valentino Rossi will not try and mimic team-mate Jorge Lorenzo's riding style and has chosen to pursue his own M1 settings during his comeback Yamaha season, which starts this weekend in Qatar.

Rossi, returning to Yamaha after two tough seasons at Ducati, revealed that he tried reigning double champion Lorenzo's bike set-up during winter testing.

However he got a better response by going in a different direction during the final Jerez test - when he set a faster lap time than the young Spaniard on the two days to feature dry running.

“Jorge always uses a bit different setting because his riding style is a bit different,” explained seven time champion Rossi. “For me it is quite difficult to ride exactly with his setting - but the M1 is very suitable for different styles, because at the base it is an easy bike to bring to the limit.

“For this reason we tried to use a different setting compared to Jorge at Jerez and I had a good feeling, so we will continue in a slightly different way to him.”

But Rossi added that the differences are not great enough to cause a split in terms of future M1 development. “It is not a big difference. Just setting. So for the development of the bike we can go in the same way.”

Looking ahead to his Yamaha race return, the fired-up 34-year-old said that he is motivated by the challenge of trying to raise his level in 2013.

“The level is very high and the other three factory guys [Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez] are very fast in all conditions and all tracks. It will be a great motivation to try and raise my level and my speed to fight for the podium.”

Rossi hasn't won a race since leaving Yamaha at the end of 2010.



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tcrook21

April 03, 2013 9:54 PM
Last Edited 4 days ago

Stoner is GONE, he has nothing to do with Rossi at this time. No reason to even bring him up. It's old and boring at this point. Were about to see the best year ever in Moto GP, and people want to bring in retired Racers. Rossi's challenge is with himself to get back to top form, compete with his team mate, and stay in front off all Honda's. Stoner is the past, Rossi is still the present and future of Moto GP. Anyways I'm not even a huge Rossi fan, but bringing up Stoner everytime Rossi says something is not adding any current value to discussions of Moto GP 2013. STONER IS GONE......................

Sausige - Unregistered

April 03, 2013 9:30 PM

Rossi starting his assault on the title for real. Gonna be a much bigger player than most think I suspect. You don't forget how to win races overnight, nor do you discover a huge wealth of talent you never had before.. They'll be little between the front 3 this year though the honda is a slight technological favourite. The big question is who will Marquez the human cannonball favour most, better hope it's not you!



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