Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 11 Apr 2014
Valentino Rossi hopes changes the team have made to the bike and his riding style will keep them on the podium in Austin, Texas, this weekend.
Rossi enjoyed his best race since 2010 in Qatar, fighting with Marc Marquez for victory throughout the closing stages of the race, losing out marginally on the last lap.
Last year was a similar story; Rossi enjoyed a strong race in Qatar only to go to round two at Austin and struggle in what he says was one of his worst races of last season.
Rossi has made changes since last year including sacking long-time crew chief Jeremy Burgess, and adapting the way he rides the bike with a big emphasis on carrying more lean angle.
Bridgestone will provide the 2013 tyre option this weekend after production issues with the current specification. All Yamaha riders complained of a lack of grip in Qatar and even though Rossi seemingly rode through it, it’ll be a relief for him to be back on rubber more suited to their bike.
Rossi said: "I really want to go well in Austin, especially after the first race in Qatar."
He added: “The season started well but now we need confirmation. Last year I made one of the worst races of the season in Texas, and this year I want to see if we can be competitive everywhere. Getting a good result in Austin would mean a lot for me and for Yamaha. It would mean that the direction taken is the right one. We will try to do our best to be competitive also on the Austin circuit. I'd like to have fun like I did in Qatar."