Valentino Rossi believes small detail changes made at the post-race test at Jerez have improved his M1's overall setting as he heads into the fifth MotoGP round of 2015.

The Italian arrives in France with a 15 point lead over second placed Andrea Dovizioso after a disappointing race in Spain which was dominated by resurgent team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

However it was the changes on Monday that pleased the Italian and put him in a confident frame of mind ahead of a visit to Le Mans.

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"I'm very happy about Monday because it was a very good test for me," said Rossi at the pre-event press conference. "First of all we had some small part to improve the M1. Everything worked quite well. It was nothing very big just some details. But small details that improve the performance.

"Especially I was happy because we improve a lot the setting. I think in the race we weren't ready to give the maximum. On Monday we work a lot, we make a lot of lap and in the end I was fast."

Turning to the Le Mans track, Rossi admitted that he wouldn't rank it among his favourites but doesn't see why he shouldn't challenge considering his performance here in 2014.

"It's not one of my best three of four tracks during the season but I like. It's always a difficult track. The weather is always an issue because in the morning it's always very cold. The afternoon is a little bit better but the temperature is very low.

"So it's difficult to ride the bike and also you have to use soft tyres for have good grip. Last year was a great weekend. There was always the sun and in every practice we work to arrive ready for the race. We hope also this year the weather will be good."

When asked about his team-mate's performance over the Spanish GP weekend Rossi said Lorenzo will be difficult to overcome in the championship after posting the most dominant performance of the year last time out.

"Jorge started the season with some difficult race but his performance in Jerez was fantastic because he was always faster from Friday to Sunday.
This means it will be very hard to arrive in front of him for the championship. Usually Jorge is always very fast in this track that is historically a good track for the Yamaha.

"We have to understand the level. Last year was a good weekend. But last year Marc was always the faster, always very strong in braking and entry, and was able to do better lap times."