DUO HOPE FOR BETTER FORM
Rossi, Vinales arrive in France with positive mind after disappointing finish in Jerez
LE MANS and Rossi trailing home in 10th as Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez sealed a one-two finish for Honda.
“After the difficulties during the Jerez weekend, the Le Mans GP will be very important,” said Rossi, who finished on the podium in each of the opening three races before his Spanish travails.
“It is true that we are still first in the championship standings, and this is nice for us, but we need to improve the bike to be really competitive,” added the 38-year-old, who is a three-time winner at Le Mans.
Vinales hopes the return to the site of his first MotoGP top-three finish a year ago, when he was still with Suzuki, can spark a quick recovery.
“The race in Jerez was very difficult for us,” admitted the Spaniard. “Luckily during the test on Monday in Jerez we had a totally different result, it was a really good test.
“For that reason we’re arriving in France with a positive mind. Le Mans is a good track for us, it suits my riding style, and we can
The race in Jerez was very difficult for us.
do a really good job there.”
Over 100,000 fans are expected to flock to Le Mans for the race weekend, with French rookie Johann Zarco set to garner plenty of attention after making a seamless step up from the Moto2 category.
“I have the chance to really impress the general public in MotoGP. That wasn’t the case in Moto2 despite my two titles,” said Zarco. AFP
Valentino Rossi leads the MotoGP championship with 62 points after four rounds.