Valentino rossi He had been holding the low speed of the motorcycle, without giving much opinion about it. Despite the occasional disguised criticism, the Italian had not fired openly at Yamaha. This Friday he got tired. The result of free practice seems to have left Rossi’s patience on the ground.
In free practice, Valentino Rossi had the two lowest results of the season. In the first session of the day he finished in 19th place and in the second part he was 20th. In both cases, almost two seconds behind the leaders of both tests: Miguel Oliveira Y Johann zarco. After the sessions were over, ‘Okay’ fired.
Rossi reviewed what has been his year and assured that this time, he ‘hit bottom’ with the performance of his Yamaha. «This year has been very difficult. I come from a very hard period for me, in which I made mistakes, had problems with the bike and was also ill (COVID-19). In Valencia I hit rock bottom, so the objective was to try to do a little better and be a little more competitive this weekend in Portimao ».
I work at Yamaha
Despite leaving the factory Yamaha team, Valentino will be able to continue working on a day-to-day basis, although with less prominence as he is part of the satellite team. Yamaha Petronas. «I think I will be involved like this year. So not much will change. We need to understand if this year I am very involved or not. I do not know. Honestly, what I can offer is all my experience and try to say what we need for myself ».
However, Rossi took direct aim at the Yamaha engineers, whom he accused of not listening to the riders. “We have more or less similar problems, for a long time, so I think next year will not change much. I think anyway, the Japanese listen to what the drivers say, but in the end, they always do what they want. They already have in mind what they want to do, “he shot.