Valentino Rossi desperately needs to turn speed into results as the second half of the MotoGP season gets underway in Austria this weekend.

Despite being more competitive than last season, three non-scores mean Rossi a huge 59 points from Honda's Marc Marquez and eleven adrift of Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

"It was a long break. I certainly rested a lot!" Rossi said. "I went on holiday but I continued to train. Now, however, I really want to get back on the track and do my best in this second half of the season.

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"We have done good races up to this point. Some of them could have been better but we have proven that we're fast."

Rossi was the fastest non-Ducati during last month's private test at the Red Bull Ring, albeit only in fifth place and almost one-second from Andrea Iannone.

"It is a particular type of track. It is very, very fast and just ten corners. The average speed is very high and you stay a lot of time at full throttle," Rossi said.

"The track is interesting and sincerely I like the corners - especially when you go downhill on the left you have turns 5-6-7, and also the last two corners - but unfortunately there are not enough of them!

"From the performance side is not our track because usually we suffer a bit with top speed and in the straight we lose quite a lot. So it's not the perfect track for the M1.

"The race is always different to the test, but on paper now the two factory [Ducatis] are too fast for us. We know it will be hard with the Ducatis for sure, but very interesting to understand the potential of the factory Hondas. If they are like us, or better, or worse."

Like many riders at the test, Rossi also expressed some concerns about safety on a circuit that is set to record the highest average speed on the calendar.

"The layout is very good, so is not particularly dangerous. But for me there are two or three points where it is better don't crash. Because if you crash it is a big problem!"

The nine time world champion - the only current rider to have previously raced in an Austrian motorcycle grand prix, finishing third and second in the 125cc class in 1996 and '97 - added:

"For me it has two places that are too dangerous; the exit of the last corner and also the exit from the right before the last two rights, [Turn 8]. Not enough room. We spoke, but I think no way to modify to have more room."

Other riders had highlighted the lack of run-off at turn three, at the end of the longest straight, with fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci saying:

"Corner 3, the second braking area, is maybe most dangerous. The F1 cars brake later, when they are still straight. We have to brake while turning left and some riders had the front locking, so it is quite scary with the wall and there is not enough space. If someone crashes the bike will arrive in Vienna!"

Pressed for his thoughts on that turn, Rossi added: "You arrive very fast and the corner is very tight, so is a hard braking and for sure also there the space is not fantastic. But for me the exit of Turn 8 and the last corner is more dangerous."

By Peter McLaren


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Thanks crash, I can't remove quotes without having all the text getting deleted. More characters please! On topic to the post above.

Tracks aren't getting added to the calendar from one day to the other. During the F1 race it was already clear it would be unsafe for bikes in certain areas. Probably the money means more than the life of a rider.

SoSlo: so now JL, CS, and VR have come out in public saying the same corners are dangerous

and yet here we are still racing on race weekend... the track has not been modified, nothing has been done about the safety concerns and the show is still happening without one single thing being changed for safety

and NOW you know why the Safety Meetings everybody was crying about month ago are shown for what they really are... a waste of time with no real concern for the safety of the riders or the desire to make any real changes or hard decisions in the name of safety

c'mon where are ALL those people including riders like BS who "called out' JL and VR for not going?

where is righteous Bradley saying he won't race because of the safety concerns... what about all those crash posters whining and crying? how come you are not demanding the track be modified or refuse to race?


Why so hostile man?
Its too late and very costly to make change