“I should have won the race!”
After burying the nightmare of tyre troubles at Shanghai one year ago with a stirring second place in China last Sunday, Valentino Rossi is looking to settle another score from a turbulent 2006 at Le Mans next weekend.
at the French circuit robbed the Italian of what looked like a certain victory last May and he is keen to continue a much-improved start to 2007 with another significant points haul.
"I definitely have a score to settle at Le Mans after what happened last year, when I should have won the race!", says Rossi. "Anyway, everything is different now and I'm very determined and looking forward to this next race. Our Yamaha has always gone well there and until the problem of last year it was really flying. I'm very happy to go back to Europe and this next run o f races is over some of my favourite tracks, where I know I'm always strong. It's a very busy time with seven races in just over two months but it's also a key part of the championship and I'm ready to race at 100%.”
"China was encouraging for us because our bike worked perfectly in qualifying and then also in the race, when we expected more problems. I think our bike is very, very good and although we lack a little bit of top speed this won't be such a problem at the next few circuits as it was in China. I think we're in good shape."