It has been a few years since the fans got to see the best of Valentino Rossi, but since making the return to Yamaha, the Italian has been at his best. He made a great start to the new season by managing to finish in the second place at the opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Even though current world champion Jorge Lorenzo managed to secure victory in style, all the focus was on the Italian Rossi. He is once again back to winning ways and it has made all the Moto GP fans jubilant. Rossi endured two terrible years with the Italian team Ducati.
He made a return to Yamaha, where he enjoyed the best spell of this motorbike racing career, in the summer. The 34-year-old showed that he has lost none of his skills that have made him one of the best in the world by managing to fight back from the fifth position to finish the race in the second place. Rossi said after the race that he cannot aim for a better place than second because Jorge Lorenzo rode an absolutely perfect race. Marc Marquez, who was making his debut in the Honda, finished in the third place just behind Rossi. The 34-year-old Italian has said that he can hope to challenge for the title this season.
“It was great fun. Second place is the best I could do as Jorge was perfect. But it could have been a lot easier if I hadn’t made a mistake at the start. But I wanted a podium really badly so I try, try, try! This has been my target since last November when I returned to Yamaha and I think we can all enjoy this season,” said Rossi after the Bahrain Grand Prix. Dani Pedrosa finished in the fourth position for Honda.
The seven time Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi has said that he is expecting to be successful once again after returning to Yamaha at the start of the 2013 Moto GP season. Rossi has had two barren years with the Italian team Ducati during which time he has barely won a race. The Italian enjoyed a lot of success with the Japanese team Yamaha, and he has stated that the glory days could return soon. Rossi is expected to be one of the challenges for the Moto GP world championship title. Out of the seven championship titles he has won, four of them have been with Yamaha.
However, there have been rumours that Rossi will struggle to get along with the current champion Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi has had a difficult relationship with Jorge Lorenzo in the past. However, he has said that these issues have been buried and they will be working towards the benefit of the team. The 34-year-old has revealed that his perception of Lorenzo has changed dramatically during the time he spent at Ducati. He has praised Lorenzo for being friendly with him throughout his Moto GP career. Even though there were initial scepticism about returning to Yamaha, Rossi has said that it was ultimately proven to be the best decision.
“I changed my perception of Jorge, especially in the last two years. I had a lot of troubles but Jorge was always very friendly with me and also when he noticed I was coming back to Yamaha he was very happy, so I think we can be a good team. At the end it was, and still is, great from every point of view. Yamaha is a family for me. I shared with them the best moments of my career and I always had great time,” said Rossi.
The Yamaha driver Valentino Rossi has responded to the criticism by saying that he has not forgotten the art of riding a motorcycle. The seven time world champion managed to go winless for the first time last season since entering the sport more than 17 years ago. He has returned to his former stomping ground Yamaha after a very bad spell with Ducati. His move to Ducati was one of the most anticipated due to the fact that they were also an Italian team, but the marriage did not go well. He has now returned to Yamaha in the hope of winning his eighth world championship title.
He has removed any doubts that he would not be competing at the top by posting extremely competitive times in the pre-season testing. Rossi has said that he has certainly not forgotten how to ride a motorcycle, but the last two years have been extremely difficult due to several changes with regard to the tires and electronics. Rossi has said that the Yamaha bike is much more comfortable for him, as it responds to the changes he makes and it also suits his driving style. He has said that he never felt the same conference when he was at Ducati.
“I was quite sure that after two bad seasons I had not forgotten how to ride. But in the last two seasons the way to ride the bike has changed very much, especially the electronics and the tyres. The riding style of the top guys – Stoner, Pedrosa and Lorenzo – is very different compared to 2008 and 2009. So I have to change a lot and I didn’t know if I am able to. Now, after the first test, I feel a lot more confident because with the M1 if I try to modify something, it works – with my riding style,” said Rossi.
After two disappointing seasons with the Italian team Ducati, the seven time world champion Valentino Rossi can once again be successful in the sport according to the head of the organising body of the sport. Moto GP is one of the competitive and most popular sports around the world. Rossi is regarded as one of the legends of the sport after having won the driver’s championship title seven times in his career. However, his last success in the title race came in 2009 when he was with Yamaha. After the title success, he decided to move to the Italian team Ducati.
However, he has managed just three finishes in the podium in his two years with Ducati. His last victory in the race came in 2010, but there have been talks of a return to the top after he has returned back to Yamaha. Rossi has enjoyed incredible success with the Japanese team Yamaha over the years. He has lifted two world championship titles with the team. He is one of the experienced racers on the grid and he will be partnering the current world champion Jorge Lorenzo at Yamaha. The head of Moto GP, Carmelo Ezpeleta is confident that Rossi will return to winning ways once again.
“He thinks he can still win and I am completely sure that he can. I’m completely sure he can challenge, with all the talent he has and all the experience he has. When he took the decision to go back to Yamaha it was because he wants to come back to the front. He was winning with Yamaha before and he can be at the front again. Of course it is good for the sport if he can do it. Valentino is a big name, he is a hero to many and one of the greatest riders in MotoGP history,” said Ezpeleta.
Marc Marquez has said that he is expecting to learn a lot in MotoGP by racing alongside the 21 times race winner Dani Pedrosa. He has also said that racing alongside Dani Pedrosa will help him to settle quickly in his new team. Marc Marquez has been named as the replacement for Casey Stoner, who will be retiring from the sport at the end of the season. Marquez has said that he is not at all underestimating the challenges that lies ahead of him. He will be making the step up to the pinnacle motorbike racing.
He has spoken about the challenges including the prospect of competing against the new world champion Jorge Lorenzo as well as being the teammate of Daniel Pedrosa. Marc Marquez’s position at Honda has been confirmed as early as in July, but he has said that the prospect of racing for one of the best teams in the world is yet to settle in because he has been so involved in the Moto2 racing championship. This weekend will be the final race of the Moto2 season. He is hoping that he will now be able to enjoy the moment of racing for Honda from next season onwards.
“As soon as I get onto MotoGP, it will be a shock: for its greater power, weight, and for its complex and obtrusive electronic management. I will try to learn calmly. I’m lucky because I will be teamed up with a good and expert rider: Dani had been my idol for his riding style. These days Jorge and Dani are scary: you can’t afford to ride like you do in Moto2, where you fight side-by-side all the time,” said Marquez. He has said that he is very much looking forward to winning the championship this season before coming to Honda.