Rossi determined to get back on the podium

Valentino Rossi wants to find a way back into the top three, after being left off the podium in the Qatar MotoGP season opener for the first time since 2012. 

The Italian crossed the line in fourth place, 2.387s behind team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in first.

Rossi is determined to do better in Argentina, and will be feeding off some good memories from last year, when he finished on top following a dramatic late-race clash with Marc Marquez.

“I am very happy to go to Argentina. In this place I have many fans and it’s always nice to feel the affection and passion of these people. I have great memories here. Last year it was a great race. It will be difficult to repeat the same result but we will try,” said Rossi.

“In Qatar I was not able to go on the podium but it was a good race anyway. We worked well throughout the weekend. In Argentina we will have to do the same thing, but we’ll have to do better in the race and try to get on the podium. I really like the Termas track and we will try our best!”

While Yamaha team director Massimo Meregalli is expecting solid showings from both of his riders, he admits the lack of prior testing with the new Michelin tyres in Argentina creates a lot of uncertainty.

“This year our riders are both in top form so we are expecting another close fight this weekend. We have already gained more knowledge on how well Michelin’s tyre life lasts over long distance from the first race. It will be interesting to see how the tyres will perform at this circuit where we haven’t done any testing yet.”