|Rossi has previously had a plateful of success in Le Mans
Valentino Rossi goes into the Le Mans GP weekend with high hopes for his potential in Sunday’s race, given his successes at the circuit, in the premier class. Le Mans was the only circuit which Rossi consistently had good results at during his disastrous spell on the Ducati, with two podiums two his name. Prior to 2011, the Italian also has three victories to his name at the circuit.
The nine-time World Champion has yet to claim a victory in the opening rounds of the 2013 Championship, upon his return to his beloved M1. This circuit will be as good an opportunity as any to claim that illusive ‘homecoming’ win.
However, the Italian has been struggling to fully set up the M1 in the comfortable fashion which he was able to do in 2010 and the years before. The test following the Jerez GP last week provided an opportunity for he and the team to establish and perhaps fix some of the problems they had been having. Rossi left the test, and heads to Le Mans in a positive frame of mind and will be looking to plant his Yamaha on the box for the second time this season. “Le Mans is a good track for me, also because in the last two years I was able to arrive on the podium in the dry and also in wet conditions. We hope to do the same and also better with Yamaha because this is a good track for the M1. In Le Mans the weather will be very important, because usually the weather is quite bad. It can be cold and wet so we will see. We will have to work well like always and try to understand the weather and the conditions of the track. We will try to do the maximum as always.”