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Rossi looks forward to a break

Rossi looks forward to a break

Rossi looks forward to a break

Valentino Rossi was back in testing at the Sepang circuit last week, running up the laps on the 2005 evolution version of the Yamaha YZR-M1 alongside his new team-mate Colin Edwards.

In this exclusive interview with at the end of the test the MotoGP World Champion admitted he was finding it hard to find the motivation to keep working after such an intense season but said development of the M1 should be worth the effort. Back in testing already... Even world champions don't get a rest!

VR: It seems that every year we have more tests, and more races. I chose this job because I thought it wasn't going to be like a real job, but this is becoming more difficult every year! After the race in Valencia we already did two days of testing there, and then we've done another three days here – it's all very difficult to do after having just finished the season.

Q. What is the reason for this test so soon?

VR: It is an important test because we needed to try the new bike and we have got next year's model here already. We have worked a lot on this bike, and for me it's not so bad. We have something good. Like all new bikes you need to work at the beginning, there's always some small problems and always something you can improve.

Q: You seem to have spent a lot of time inside the garage at this test…

VR: It's like starting, well, not from zero, but Yamaha have made a big work because the bike is not completely new but it has changed a lot. We are basically trying to fix the old problems that were there on the old M1. We need time though, I think the base is good, Yamaha have worked in a good way. However we need to improve on some small problems.

Q: Where have you asked for improvements then?

VR: First of all we need more stability, because the old bike, especially on the rear part, was a little bit unstable; there was a little bit too much movement. Already this we fixed, the bike is more stable, but in doing so we have lost a little bit of agility. We need to work to recover the agility, because this is one of our good points. Second thing is that we need to improve the horsepower because the engine is not very powerful on the old bike. So Yamaha have made a new version, and at this point I expected a little bit more power, it's not a big step. However it is the first prototype, so maybe it's possible to make a better one in the future.

Q: The future must surely involve a holiday for you first of all though?

VR: The first thing now is definitely a holiday, because the power is finished! It's been a very long season, we started the year here in January and now it's November and so it's been non-stop, and very, very long. Now we have just a little bit less than two months off, and I think all the mechanics and everyone who works with us needs a break!

To listen to this interview in full and watch footage of Rossi in action with the 2005 YZR-M1 at Sepang, simply click on the video links at the top of the page.

MotoGP, 2004, Valentino Rossi

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