The World Championship ìs heading to Texas this weekend, and Valentino hopes Austin will give him a good result. The last time he was at the Cota was in 2019, and he nearly won. A precedent that bodes well after the last three races in which he has always finished out of the points area.
"I really like Austin and, the last time we raced there, it was a great weekend for me,” the Doctor recalls. “I was really strong both in qualifying and in the race, and I ended up on the podium. We’ll see what happens when we get there, but it’s really cool to be able to race outside of Europe this season, and I’m looking forward to it, after not being able to be there last year.”
As always, it’s difficult to make predictions in the MotoGP.
“We’ll need to get there to understand what our potential can be, but I feel positive, and I hope we can improve some of the things we need, so that we can have a good race,” he said hopefully.
For the second time, Andrea Dovizioso will be alongside Valentino. The Misano race was a leap in the dark for him, having never ridden the Yamaha before, but the two days of testing after the GP allowed him to get to know it better.
“There are still a lot of areas I need to work on, but it was nice to have the Misano test to be able to spend more time on the bike,” Dovi explained. “I’m not sure what to expect from this weekend. I’ll need to see what state the track is in, and I’ll have to figure out the grip level. It’s a very demanding track and, the last time I was there, it had a lot of bumps, but I think they’ve made some changes since then. The weather will, of course, have an impact, but it’ll be the same for everyone. It’s very difficult to predict what will happen, but I hope to continue making progress this weekend.”