The MotoGP season signals a good start for Rossi to prove his prowess being one of the best riders of this generation. Following an opening for the season in Qatar where Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory) dominated the race in his first defense to his world title, followed by Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory), and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda); Rossi bounces back to the top of the result charts in the recent pre-season testing in Jerez, March 24, 2013.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Lorenzo led all the previous season testing including Saturday’s testing in Jerez. However, Rossi emereged the quickest in the dry track on Sunday afternoon for the final testing. Rossi’s made it to the top with 1m 39.525s, keeping Lorenzo at bay by just 0.015s as the 2012 champ finished the lap at 1m 39.540s, GBR Yamaha Tech 3 Cal Crutchlow on the other hand was a fraction slower finishing at third, while Pedrosa the leading rider of Repsol Honda steps in fourth (+0.105s). The Sunday Jerez testing marked Rossi’s first time outpacing reigning 2012 champion Jorge Lorenzo after re-joining the Yamaha team last November.
Rossi said in an interview that he was happy not just because of being able to get the top position. What’s he is more glad about is his team was able to modify his bike to work with his personal style. He added that it is important for them to understand the bike’s setting for it can help and affect his riding.
After bracing a tough weekend at Jerez and an impressive first-second finish in the Qatar Grand Prix, Vale and Lorenzo are on their way to meet another challenge in Austin. Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is the third American venue in the season’s MotoGP calendar, and the race is highly anticipated. Rossi seems to be inspired with his Yamaha return catching up his pace on top of the results far better than his 2 year stint with the Ducati. Vale is looking forward to racing at COTA where his fans and supporters are wishing him another victory.
COTA pre-race press conference is underway in Austin, April 18, 2013 participated by the MotoGP season riders, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Márquez, Cal Crutchlow, Ben Spies, Yamaha Motor Racing’s Managing Director Lin Jarvis, and COTA President Steve Sexton. Lorenzo said that the perfect weekend in Qatar is just a start of the yet long season. Indeed, for as the press conference is going on, Factory Yamaha is also underway with the clean up with motorcycles of Lorenzo and Rossi with water and white fire retardant powder resulting from the small overnight fire in the Tech 3 Yamaha pit garage. Fortunately, no one had been injured in the incident and the staff are giving their bets effort to clean the mess. Lin Jarvis was pretty thankful for the automatic fire system. Without the excellent facility, the team might have lost 6 bikes.
The race is becoming pretty interesting and MotoGP fans can barely predict who will be the champion with riders working hard to winning. With the garage fire nearly threatening the possibility of the race for the MotoGP champs, it is relieving that things are currently under control. Hope we can expect another victory from Vale for the upcoming race and in the season as a whole.