The Italian will fight hard
Valentino Rossi heads to Brno planning to re-launch his title challenge at what has been one of his most successful circuits.
The 28-year-old took his maiden Grand Prix win at Brno in the 125cc class and has since added to his tally with
a 250cc success and three wins in MotoGP, as well as three second places in the top class.
In fact, the only occasion he failed to finish in the top two at Brno in MotoGP was in 2002 and a continuation of that run is the target this weekend.
"Of course Laguna was quite disappointing and it would have been nice to have been able to go into the summer break knowing we had closed the gap in the championship, but this sadly wasn't the case", says Rossi. "Laguna made many things quite clear about the situation that we're in this season and I know that many people at Yamaha and Michelin have been working very hard during this break in order to help us to be in better shape at the next race. Now I'm really looking forward to getting back onto the bike and doing the best we can to get back into the fight.”
"Of course we know that the championship is going to be difficult, but we were in a worse situation at this time last year, with less races remaining, and we still managed to come back to lead the fight.
This time it will be very, very hard because Stoner is very strong and is not making mistakes, but we won't give up. I know my team, Yamaha and Michelin will continue to give 100% and we will fight at every one of the final seven races. Brno last year was the start of a turnaround in our fortunes so let's hope this is the case again this year!"
Source Fiat Yamaha