Valentino Rossi's desire to race in World Superbikes is well documented, the seven-time MotoGP champion saying as much at Laguna Seca three weeks ago. And upon his return to the circuit he tested Yamaha's YZF-R1 superbike, to assess his fitness to decide whether he would be fit enough to race at the Sachsenring or not, Rossi once again underlined that he would one day like to race in the series.
Rossi was responding to questions on whether it would be possible to race in two classes in the same season. Rossi said that right now, the Moto2 class held no interest for him, and so it was not a goal worth pursuing. "I think the Moto2 is a great show, and is a great opportunity for a lot of riders," Rossi said, "but is not an impressive bike to ride. When you ride a MotoGP, no meaning to ride a Moto2. Maybe it would have more meaning to ride a 250."
When asked whether he thought it would be possible to race in both MotoGP and 250 for a full season, Rossi said that he did not feel it was possible. "I think all the races in a season is difficult," Rossi said. "It is a big effort, and at the end of the season, you make a bad result in two classes instead of making a good result in one." Racing in World Superbikes was something he would consider first, though. "Make some races in Superbike is more interesting," Rossi told reports. "I want to try it, also at the beginning of last year, I wanted to try."
Rossi hoped it was a goal he could realize at some point. "Maybe in the future I will have the chance to do some races in Superbike," the Italian said, but he emphasized that he did not want to race the whole season. "Just one race," Rossi said. Rossi was also asked about the differences between the two bikes, in the light of Cal Crutchlow's pole time at Silverstone being within seven tenths of Jorge Lorenzo's pole set on the MotoGP machine. Rossi reiterated once again that the biggest difference was in the tires: "The Superbike has qualifying tires," Rossi explained. "So if we have qualifying tires, we can go 1, 1.5 seconds faster than the pole of Jorge, so it's more than two seconds."
But the fact that the Sterilgarda Yamaha World Superbike machine could get so close to Jorge Lorenzo's Fiat Yamaha YZR-M1 was a sign that the Superbikes had moved away from their original intent, Rossi said. "For me, the problem is that the Superbikes are not the normal street bikes like in the rules, but are prototypes," Rossi told the media. But despite the similarity, the MotoGP machines were still a completely different machine, Rossi explained. "Riding the Superbike is good, I like it a lot," Rossi said, "but when you go with the MotoGP is another world, is a lot better." The comparison? "It's like the Ferrari Formula 1 and the DTM Mercedes I tried."