Valentino Rossi admitted he did not imagine that he must be in a condition where he competed without supporters. Racing without spectators and the number of people is limited in the paddock so the main requirements of the MotoGP 2020 will be held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Certainly without racing life has changed a lot. This is a very unusual feeling because from 1996 I lost MotoGP,’ Rossi told the official MotoGP website on Friday (5/29/2020).
‘This season will be special, because first of all, this is more or less than half the number of races. But the biggest difference for me is to have two races in a row on the same circuit. It will be strange,’ he continued.
‘We will also have many restrictions, there are no people on the paddock and especially there are no fans on the track. It will definitely not be the same, but racing is very important for everyone, racers, everyone in the paddock, all team. So it will be very important to start again,’ he explained.
A proposal, currently awaiting approval from the Spanish Government, has been made to start the season with two races at Jerez on July 19 and 24. At that time, Rossi might have decided his racing future, to switch to Yamaha’s Petronas next season.
The 41-year-old rider hopes to test his speed in the race before deciding in 2021. Unfortunately, the corona Rossi epidemic could not continue the winter test. And throughout the previous test, Rossi was ranked fifth (+ 0.192) and twelfth (0.474) respectively at Sepang and Losail, while working with the new crew chief David Munoz and the latest YZR-M1.
‘In the second half of last year, my results were not as we had hoped. We had to be stronger and faster, and it seems we lost a bit of competitiveness and felt it as a motorcycle in general,’ Rossi said.
‘But I think with some new people in the garage, with a new mechanical head, we need to find a way to get back and try to be competitive. This is the target.’
‘Winter tests are not so bad. I am quite happy. It seems that from the end of last season at Yamaha changed a lot of things on the technical side. The new motorbikes are better, a little faster, and have more power. So it seems like Yamaha is now working hard and I think if Yamaha works 100%, they can make the motor to win.’
‘I think Yamaha has great riders because, besides me, they have three young drivers who are currently very strong. Fabio Quartararo is doing an impressive rookie season, but also Maverick Vinales is in very good condition and Franco is very fast. It’s always interesting and challenging for “I have to fight with them, on the same motor. My goal is to be more competitive than last year, and fight for the podium.’