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Rossi: “Texas was not very lucky for me”

Rossi: “Texas was not very lucky for me”

For the first time since 2014, Valentino Rossi failed to finish a race as he crashed in Austin but now looks to come back stronger.

After a disappointing race in Austin, Valentino Rossi heads to the Gran Premio Red Bull de España hoping to rekindle his past achievements at the track. On six occasions Rossi has won the premier class race in Jerez and is one of just three non-Spanish riders to claim victory. In total Rossi has eight wins in Jerez and has only finished off the podium six times since he made his Grand Prix debut in 1996. Another victory would certainly help the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider’s title ambitions, Rossi is currently third and 33 points behind his teammate who leads. The Italian can take some comfort from the fact that in 2015 Lorenzo overcame a similar points difference to take the title in the last round.

Falling in Austin has not lingered in Rossi’s mind; the nine-time World Champion already focused on Jerez and is ready to work hard. As ever, finding the best setting for the available tyres in order to be ready for Sunday’s race. The podium once again remains as Rossi’s goal for the weekend. Jerez always produces memorable racing, especially in the final corner, expect Rossi to be at the center of the battle for the podium.

Valentino Rossi: “I am very happy that now we go to Europe. The race in Texas was not very lucky for me, but even after a race like that we have to look at the positive side. We were having a very good weekend when we improved in qualifying and I felt very good on the bike and also with the Michelins. Austin has always been a very difficult track for me, but this year it was good. Now we go to Jerez, a track that I like very much. It‘s very different from the first three rounds of the championship. We'll have to work well, like we have done in these first races, finding the best setting for the tyres, continue working on the Michelins, and above all we must try to get onto the podium on Sunday”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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