A little bit of beach time, but also a lot of training for Valentino Rossi this summer. Valentino took advantage of the break to rest, of course, but then he rolled up his sleeves, because his first goal – whatever the decision for his future will be – is to be competitive, which he failed to do in the first part of the season.
“The summer break went well,” the Doctor said. “I was able to relax and spend some time with my friends on vacation before returning home to train on the bike. It’ll be nice to be back racing this weekend but, to be honest, I’m not sure it’s the best track for us.”
We can’t say that the Red Bull Ring enhances the qualities of the M1, but they’ll have to make the best of it, considering that the Austrian track will be hosting two consecutive Grand Prixs.
Valentino also knows what he wants: “We know the areas where our bike is strong, but there are also others where we need to improve, and I think the Austrian track may not emphasize our strengths,” the Petronas rider admitted. “It’s really nice, with a lot of greenery around, so even though it’s a difficult track, it’s a nice place to stay. We’ll have to try to find the best equilibrium for these next two races, since they’ll both be in Spielberg, and aim for the best for us.”