The watchword can only be “redemption”, since the season started far from what was expected. Valentino Rossi knows this well, as he seeks redemption at Le Mans.
On one hand, there’s the desire to react. On the other, #46 is aware that it’s certainly not an easy moment: “This weekend, I want to be stronger, try to recuperate positions, and be faster than in the last round in Jerez,” he said. “Last year, I was strong in dry conditions at Le Mans, and I also had a good pace for the race but, unfortunately, it started raining just before the start, and I fell at the first corner. For sure, it’s a great track, with a lot of changes in direction, and I like it a lot. With good grip and strong acceleration, it’s really nice to ride on this track.”
Valentino then sets his goal, clinging to hope: “I hope we’ll have good weather throughout the weekend but, above all, that all those improvements found during the Jerez texts are confirmed.”
On the other side of the garage, there was Franco Morbidelli: “Le Mans is a circuit I like, so much so that I even won a Moto2 race,” he recalled. “In the Jerez tests, we focused on braking, and this is a circuit where you have to be strong in braking. The starting corners are also quite difficult, and it’s important to do the first corner well, in order to make the following ones easier. It’s difficult, but very great.”
So, he definitely has some expectations: “I hope we can confirm the positive feedback and feelings of the last one in Jerez. It was wonderful to be back on the podium in Spain, and we want to continue on this path for the rest of the season.”