Rossi hopes Ducati's progress is real

Tue, 29 May 19:35:09 2012

Valentino Rossi is keen to see if his wet-weather podium in France and Ducati's promising Mugello test translate into a genuine step forward in this weekend's Catalunya Grand Prix.

Second place in the rain at Le Mans was Rossi's best MotoGP result since he moved to Ducati at the start of 2011, and ended a 12-month wait for his second podium finish with the squad.

The Italian also felt Ducati made good progress in testing last week, but wants to see if that carries through to a tangible upturn in performance in Spain.

"Two Sundays ago, we got a nice result because we took advantage of the wet track, a condition in which we know we can be competitive, but we're aware that we must continue improving in normal, dry conditions," said Rossi.

"Some of the things we tried in the Mugello test last week seemed promising. It will be interesting to try them on a different track, and with much less time to set the bike up, to see if they're really a small step forward."

Rossi is staying realistic about his chances, and hoping to just be near the leaders rather than predicting a repeat of his French GP result.

"The Catalunya circuit has always been one of my favorites, and although it's hard to imagine another podium, we must still do our best to finish with the front riders," said Rossi, who has won at Catalunya six times in his MotoGP career, most recently with Yamaha in 2009.


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  1. It was good to see rossi riding like he was enjoying­ himself he now needs to believe in himself and the­ bike

    From Geoff, on Thu 31 May 22:12
  2. thats the problem liz he wont ride it like he stole it­ he wants it set up perfectly before he will push it to­ the limit!

    From Douglas F, on Wed 30 May 14:14
  3. go for it rossi ride it like you stole it and your win­ the duke the best bike you proved that the way you­ pulled away from casy moaner,youve got to beat yourgay­ lorenzo im sick of his stupid celerbrations he didnt­ make yamaha you and burgess did,his only one title and­ thinks his better than anybody look at crutchlow his­ not on the factory bike and his better than both works­ ridders

    From skrewdriver, on Wed 30 May 13:33
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