Valentino Rossi has admitted that he’s glad to see the final round of the 2017 MotoGP season this weekend at the Valencian Grand Prix, after a difficult season for the Italian and teammate Maverick Viñales on the Movistar Yamaha machines.
Struggling in the dry and suffering disastrous results in the wet – conditions that normally work to Rossi’s advantage – means that he’s now instead looking forward to testing out the new 2018 machine come Tuesday’s post-race test instead.
“The last race of the season has come. It wasn't an exciting end of the season for us, but during the three races overseas we've got some more data for our bike and we've always been fine on the dry. We hope that there will be good weather in Valencia to work in the best way. We are not fighting for the championship this weekend, but we will try to make it a good race anyway, and we will try to use next week's two-day test to start working on the 2018 season.”
However, heading to a track where he’s enjoyed strong results in the past, teammate Viñales is heading to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo more upbeat than his teammate, firmly believing that the chance for a final strong result this season hasn’t yet slipped from his grasp.
“I arrive in Valencia in a very positive mood. After the last three races in Asia and Oceania I've spent some time at home, training and relaxing. The Ricardo Tormo Circuit is a track that I really like, it has a lay-out that suits my riding style very well. We expect nice weather for the entire week, so I will try to push and give my 100% to finish the season with a nice podium at the last round. We are already focused on the next season and we also want to work hard during the test next week.”
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