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Valentino Rossi: "We are not ready"

Valentino Rossi: 'We are not ready'

Valentino Rossi: "We are not ready"

Valentino Rossi spoke frankly to after the latest batch of tests for the Yamaha at Phillip Island and revealed that despite his satisfaction at the progress he has made since joining the factory, he is aware that there is still much work to be done before the start of the season. The MotoGP World Champion, who has now ridden the M1 machine in two separate tests at Sepang followed by the three-day stint in Australia, said that he has asked the Japanese engineers for improvements all over the bike – but in particular was desperate for more horsepower as he looked to catch up with his main rivals.

"Already Yamaha made a great work between the first test in Sepang and this test and I'm very happy about that," commented Rossi at the end of the final day. "Now we have given them some advice, we say what I need on the bike and we hope Yamaha make another good work to the next test here in two weeks. We don't have very much time and we're not ready."

"First we need horsepower because our engine don't push enough. Second, with this bike everything is a bit more difficult – especially today. Today I did a full race distance – more than 25 laps – which is the first time with the Yamaha. The lap time is near, it's quite good, but it's all become a little bit more difficult."

Rossi also discussed the M1's adaptability to different circuits, its performance when the tyres go off and the reason behind his choice of engine from a selection of four taken to the test by Yamaha in this exclusive video interview, which subscribers can view by clicking the link at the right of this page.

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