MotoGP: Rossi refreshed for Assen battle

Published: 22 June 2016

Valentino Rossi says he’s refreshed and ready for this weekend’s Dutch TT at the historic Assen, after making the most of MotoGP’s first real break since the season started in late March.

Looking to carry forward the momentum of last time out in Barcelona as well as harnessing last year’s impressive win at the oldest track on the calendar, the Italian says it’s important that they maintain focus now.

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“I used this short break to rest a bit and now I'm ready for the next race. I love Assen, it is one of my favourite tracks, but that doesn‘t mean anything because every race this year is very open and very uncertain.

“We just have to stay focused, try to work in the best way possible and see what happens. In Barcelona we had a good race and also the test went well. I really want to get back on track and prepare for the upcoming race with my team.”

However, aiding his chances is the fast and flowing nature of the Drenthe circuit, which team director Massimo Meregalli admits will play to the strengths of the Yamaha M1.

“After a successful IRTA and private test and a short break, the team can‘t wait to visit the TT Assen Circuit, a track that suits our bike well. We have secured four victories in a row ever since we returned to racing on European soil and we aim to continue this momentum this weekend.

“Both Vale and Jorge like the track and they are eager to put what we have learnt during the tests into practice when we start the first session on Friday.”

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