Rossi not a fan of three races in a row

Valentino Rossi admits that he finds three flyaway races in three weekends a “big stress” and insists that three back-to-back races are always “complicated”.

The first of the trio of races takes place in Motegi in Japan and the Movistar Yamaha rider has revealed his mixed feelings ahead of the grand prix.

“Three races in a row is always complicated,” Rossi said. “It is not the best way because you can have a small problem [injury] in the first one and pay a lot. Sincerely I don’t like very much three races in a row, is also a big stress.

“On the other side, you stay on the bike a lot, so can go faster and faster. Also they are three fantastic tracks. I like Motegi but especially Phillip Island and Sepang. It’s always a great pleasure to ride MotoGP in these three tracks.”

The seven-time MotoGP World Championship winner sits in second place in the current standings, 14 points ahead of Jorge Lorenzo in third and 52 back from the leader Marc Marquez.

“This is a good track for us, I’ve had a lot of podiums and our bike is competitive,” Rossi said of the Motegi circuit. “But every year is different and we need to understand the tyres and weather. Last year it rained for the race and today it is very cold.”