Valentino Rossi has revealed he needs to find what level he is at with the new Yamaha M1 in the forthcoming MotoGP tests before he can think about winning again. But he did admit that he aims to get back on the podium and winning races as soon as possible.
Rossi was speaking at a Yamaha press launch in Indonesia. It was the first time Lorenzo and Rossi have made a public appearance together as reunited teammates.
Valentino Rossi said: “I cannot wait for another opportunity to ride the M1. I think the Yamaha Factory Team will be very strong this year with myself and Jorge. For me at this moment I have to be a little quiet and try to understand what my level is with the bike after the first test. My last Grand Prix victory was in 2010 so my first goal is to come back onto the podium as soon as possible, and to try to win a race.”
Jorge Lorenzo said: “I’m feeling very positive about the 2013 season, I think the arrival of Valentino is good and we have a very strong team now. I know he is a very talented rider. We will start trying the new bike in Sepang at the next test; I think we have a great chance to be World Champion again. It is going to be very difficult as always, it’s the toughest category.
Yamaha’s Lin Jarvis said: “This year of course we have assembled our new team for the challenge of the 2013 MotoGP season with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi back together again in Yamaha’s ‘super’ team. This is a wonderful occasion for us to be here for with our riders together for the first time this season.”