Yamaha Press Release: Q&A With Valentino Rossi - "I Am Also Thinking About My Tenth Title"

After the launch of the Movistar Yamaha team in Madrid, the team issued two press releases, featuring interviews with their 2015 riders. Today, we publish the interview with Valentino Rossi. On Friday, we publish the press release interview with Jorge Lorenzo:


VALENTINO ROSSI
Interview

Valentino, where and how did you spend your winter holidays?

“It was a very busy end of year, after Valencia GP. I was able to take some rest only before Christmas, when I flew to Mexico with some friends for a short holiday. Then I moved to the mountains, to practice snowboarding, again with friends. Right after the break, I started my physical training, although actually I never stopped training. For the last month, I have been working very hard. The first official test in Sepang is getting closer and it’s crucial that I get there in the best physical shape.”

We followed your training activities at the Ranch on your social media channels throughout the winter. How important is training there for your workout?

“Training at the Ranch is the key of my winter workout. Of course, it’s also nice and fun to be surrounded by so many friends and riders but the key factor is that I spend a lot of time riding the bike. Considering the time I spend at the gym and the time I spend at the Ranch, riding with friends, in fact I never stop training! Riding at the Ranch does not replace the work at the gym but it’s definitely a nice way to stay fit”.

What are your expectations for 2015?

“The 2014 season was very important to understand my level of competitiveness after so many years in the MotoGP World Championship. We did good races and eventually I ended up right behind Marquez in the overall standing, so I have all reasons to be happy about my performances last year. That is past, anyway, and now I want more. I am fully focused on a good start of the new season and I want to be immediately competitive. My team worked extremely hard last year and there was a great atmosphere in the garage. Silvano is at his second year with me and now he has all the information he needs to allow me to go even faster at every track. I too am feeling well so there are all conditions for an exciting season. I guess we will see the same four riders fighting for the championship. It’s going to be a good fight”.

Considering your results last year, is the tenth title your target this season?

“I will just be focused on delivering my best, on winning as many races as I can. So… yes, I am also thinking to my tenth title. My first thought, however, goes to my M1. I want to ride it again as soon as possible!”

Are you happy with Yamaha’s work throughout the winter?

“I will ride the new bike for the first time in Sepang, so I can’t say at this moment. I know all people working on Yamaha’s MotoGP project have worked very hard especially to make the bike better and faster. The test in Valencia last year gave us many interesting information and I look forward to seeing if the direction we decided to take at that time will pay us back. I think in Sepang we’ll have many things to test. I am really excited to ride the new bike! I can’t wait for it!”

Do you think that you and Jorge, when you are in your own best shapes and conditions, can beat Marquez?

“Last year Marquez started the season in a perfect way. On the contrary, both Jorge and I were not at our 100%. Silvano had just joined my team as Crew Chief and I had to understand a few things. Jorge too was not in a perfect shape. Both of us, however, ended the season in a high and I am sure both of us will start the new season with a great desire to win. We will have to do a good job during the tests. If we do so, then I am sure Marquez will not go too far this year!”

Do you like the 2015 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP livery?

“I love it. I like these colours. The bike is not much different from last year. I liked it a lot already but this year even more. Yamaha did a great job throughout the winter, from all points of view. Now there is just one thing to do: winning!”

2015

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Comments

Cannot wait for the tests. It will be interesting to see if Marquez pace will be matched. Or will e everyone get to speaking on settings being off and more work to be done on their bikes to 'close the gap'. Hope Rossi makes another step forward. Because he is either a hero or most hated depending on the person. It would make a great drama!