This weekend, Valentino Rossi will return to the venue of his only podium with Ducati as he rolls into Le Mans for the French MotoGP - scene of much controversy last year including the imfamous Simoncelli/Pedrosa interface.
Rossi rode the wheels of the GP11 to overtake Jorge Lorenzo and then battle with Andrea Dovizioso for second spot. With a new base setting on a stop-go track, The Doctor will need all the grunt and grip he can get.
“It’s a shame that we lost the post-race test in Portugal because we would have continued our development work, and as we had very recent data from the race, we could have made some interesting comparisons. Still, this won’t influence us much from a technical point of view at Le Mans, as any updates would have arrived later anyway," said The Doctor.
"In France, we’ll prepare for the race by working on the bike like we did at Estoril, starting from the base setup that we’re now a bit more familiar with and trying to continue with the settings one step at a time, in such a way that we reach Sunday at the maximum of our current potential.
"Le Mans is another place where the weather can be challenging, particularly at this time of year, but it’s also the track where I had my best result with the Ducati last year. We’ll see how it goes, but we’d like to do a little better than we did in Portugal.”