VIDEO: Valentino Rossi – I’m very proud to be part of PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team
Valentino Rossi on joining Malaysian squad PETRONAS Yamaha SRT for 2021
In this video interview, new-signing Valentino Rossi shares his thoughts on his 2021 Yamaha YZR-M1, his targets for 2021, what it means to join PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team and what he expects from having a team-mate that he knows well…
What do you think about your new bike with PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team colours?
I’m really happy to see my new bike for 2021. For me it’s a new experience and I can’t wait for the first test and the start of the championship in Qatar. The colour changed for me too, and I really like the livery of the bike, the new leathers, gloves, boots and my new helmet. It will be an awesome package: We are ready to start.
What are your personal targets for 2021?
My targets for 2021 are to be competitive, fight to win races, fight to achieve podiums and also fight for a good position in the World Championship standings at the end of the season. We are all very focused on our targets to make the best we can.
What does it mean to you to be part of PETRONAS Yamaha SRT?
I’m very proud to be part of PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team. It’s a new challenge for me. This is a very young team, but in the last two years they have already been really competitive. The bike will remain the same, my Yamaha YZR-M1, and I think it will be a funny season.
What do you expect for this year with such a familiar team-mate for you?
Franco and I are a very interesting couple of riders. We have a good relationship; we know each other very well. We are always training and challenging together on different bikes so this year we will also do this from the same garage.
How excited are you to be getting on to the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT YZR-M1 very soon?
I have a long career and already spent a lot of years with Yamaha and the M1; I can’t wait to work together with the Yamaha engineers and the whole team to try to improve the performance of the bike.
After eight consecutive years in the Yamaha Factory Team, what changes and similarities do you expect for this 2021 with PETRONAS Yamaha SRT?
It’s a long personal story with the Yamaha Factory Team, split in two parts – since 2004 -, so it’s almost a life together! I don’t expect a lot of differences because the bike is the same and we will have the full support from the factory. At the same time, it is a new team, new people in the garage, new mechanics – so a new experience for me. The team has a lot of motivation and I will give my maximum to achieve the best possible result at the end of the season together.
NBC SPORTS ANNOUNCES 2021 AMERICAN FLAT TRACK SCHEDULE ON NBCSN
NBCSN to Present Coverage of All 17 Progressive AFT Races, Beginning with the Volusia Half-Mile Doubleheader on Saturday, March 20; TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold to Livestream Every Race of 2021 Season
STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports — “the Home of Motorsports” — today announced its Progressive American Flat Track schedule for the 2021 season on NBCSN. The network will present coverage of all 17 races of the most historic form of American motorcycle racing, beginning with the Volusia Half-Mile I and II from Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., on Saturday, March 20, at Noon ET.
“American Flat Track is a staple of our motorsports programming on NBCSN and we are very excited to continue our partnership in 2021,” said Rene Karfias, senior manager, programming, NBC Sports.
Featuring the world’s fastest motorcycle racers on dirt battling it out at speeds approaching 140 mph, Progressive AFT is the most prestigious and most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing in the world. The circuit is returning to NBCSN for a fifth consecutive season in 2021.
“The growth of American Flat Track over the last few years has been fueled and greatly assisted by our partnership with NBC,” said Michael Lock, CEO of Progressive AFT. “We are very excited with the great scheduling of the Series for the 2021 season on NBCSN and the biggest ‘bang for the buck’ in motorsports, delivered by the live streaming package available on TrackPass.”
In addition to the 17 weekend premieres on NBCSN, TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will provide exclusive live streaming coverage of every race throughout the 2021 season. With the AFT package on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, users gain unlimited access to AFT content live and on-demand on any device for only $1.99 a month. For more details, click here.
Below is the schedule for Progressive AFT’s premiere telecasts on NBCSN (subject to change):
Date – Race – Time (ET)
Sat., March 20 – Volusia Half-Mile I – Noon
Sat., March 20 – Volusia Half-Mile II – 1 p.m.
Sun., May 2 – Atlanta Super TT – 10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 29 – Texas Half-Mile – 8 p.m.
Sun., June 6 – Chicago Half-Mile – 5 p.m.
Sat., June 26 – OKC Mile I – Noon
Sat., June 26 – OKC Mile II – 1 p.m.
Sat., July 3 – Lima Half-Mile – 5 p.m.
Sun., August 8 – DuQuoin Mile – 11 p.m.
Sun, August 15 – Port Royal Half-Mile – 10 p.m.
Sun., August 22 – New York Short Track – 9:30 p.m.
Sun., August 29 – Peoria TT – 8 p.m.
Sun., September 12 – Springfield Mile I – 9 p.m.
Sun., September 12 – Springfield Mile II – 10 p.m.
Sun., September 26 – TBA Round 15 – 11 p.m.
Sun., September 26 – TBA Round 16 – Midnight
Sat., October 9 – Charlotte Half-Mile – 10:30 p.m.
Progressive American Flat Track is part of NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” programming throughout 2021, spanning NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, Mecum Auctions, Monster Energy Supercross, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, MotoGP, Monster Jam, Dakar Rally, and more.
The 2021 Progressive AFT season kicks off with a Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader event at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2021. Tickets for this season-opening extravaganza are on sale now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3321/#raceSchedule.
For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.
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