|Rossi expected better in Sunday’s race
YamahaMotoGP rider Valentino Rossi was out on track testing in Jerez today, after finishing Sunday’s GP in 4th. Rossi struggled in the race largely as a result of the sweltering conditions, despite finding some improvements to his M1 prior to the start. He was unable to stay with the top three throughout the 27 lap race, finishing nearly nine seconds behind his team mate, come the flag.
Today, he was out testing the potential of the 2013 M1 chassis, along with tyre preservation in sizzling temperatures. At the end of the day, after completing 61 laps of the Andalucian circuit, he finished with a time of 1m 39.397s, which placed him 5th, and half a second behind Marquez at the top of the leader board.
Rossi seems to have found an indication as to which direction he should be heading in, with regards to improving his M1, despite not having made any significant steps forward today. “At the end it has been a good test. It was important because we found some improvements in some points of view, small details but a good way to continue. It was important to try to understand the new chassis. We made a lot of comparisons between the two but at the end more or less the performance is very similar. In some places it’s better and some places it’s worse. We will decide next week what we will use in Le Mans. We are ready for Le Mans, now we take a rest and we will see next week.”