Valentino Rossi knows he’s going to win already

Everything’s been coming up Milhouse for Valentino Rossi at the Circuito de Jerez. He’s finished well within the top five on both sessions, completing 41 laps on the first day alone. His best time of the day was during Free Practice 2, with a 1’40.282 putting him in fifth on the combined times. While he finished .727s behind Lorenzo, he did manage to stay within a second of his rival without changing tyres. Overall, he’s pretty happy with his progress and with his bike, the YZR-M1.

“I’m very happy to be back in Europe, because here the track is fantastic and the atmosphere is special. It’s always great, the Jerez weekend, especially with good weather and also the track was not so bad, because I was quite competitive from this morning. We started with a good base setting and I felt good with the bike. I was also quite fast in the afternoon and I was always within the top five, so this is OK. There are some points on the track where we have to improve, especially with the front, but I already feel good with the bike and we will try to continue like this.”

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As he pointed out towards the end, there is always an Achilles heel despite all the positive vibes going round. Or should we call it an Achilles snout? He hasn’t been too happy with the feeling on the front end of the vehicle and like other racers, has been trying to amend it with winglets. However, he’s still not completely satisfied and will continue to work with his team to achieve the perfect balance.