Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi admits he will need to find something extra in the dry at Silverstone to challenge Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo this weekend.
The nine-time world champion describes the British circuit as one of his most difficult tracks on the calendar and although Rossi won in the wet at Silverstone last year, he hopes to be more competitive should dry conditions prevail on Sunday.
“This track for me personally I think is one of the most difficult during the season. At the beginning in 2010, unfortunately I wasn't here after the injury at Mugello and I had a lot of difficulties here in my two years with the Ducati when I was very slow, so the feeling with the track was not fantastic,” said Rossi, who trails Marquez by 53 points.
“Year by year it is coming better but I think this one is one of the longer, one of the faster and one of the most difficult of all the season. Last year was a great victory, it was fantastic, but it was in the rain. In the dry conditions I was not so bad but Marquez and Lorenzo were a little bit faster than me. We have to try to continue to improve and try to understand the small secrets of the track and try to be strong in all the conditions.
“In the last years I was always quite strong on the wet but personally, I think most of the riders prefer the dry because you know more what can happen and also because it is more fun riding in the dry,” Rossi added.
“We will try to stay concentrated like in the last two races, when we worked well and arrived for the race on Sunday and I think we can fight for the podium.”
Rossi spoke favourably about the new Yamaha chassis he tried at the post-race test at Brno and the 37-year-old confirmed he will use the upgrade in practice on Friday.
“The Monday test in Brno for me was very positive. I felt good with the bike and had quite good pace and I also enjoyed. We had some new stuff, a different swing arm and a different chassis, and in Brno I had a good feeling but we need to confirm tomorrow and we will try tomorrow and try during the practice to understand if the reality is also better in Silverstone.”
Rossi is significantly behind Marquez in the title standings with seven races to go and the Italian rider acknowledged that it will be tall order to overturn the deficit between now and the final race of the season at Valencia in Spain in November.
“In 2006, I had a big disadvantage compared to Nicky [Hayden] because I was unlucky and I had some problems with the tyres and a broken engine in Laguna Seca. But anyway, I think I had less disadvantage compared to now because I think I had 40-something [points difference],” he said.
“Every season is different and to recover this amount of points on Marquez is very difficult. But I need to just concentrate on me and on the work during the weekend and on the bike. I need to try to make the maximum, make some good races and try to take a lot of points and arrive on the podium and be as strong as the first part of the season, but bring more points with less mistakes. I need to try to understand the right situation and the right choice, and after we will see at the end.”