DUO HOPE FOR BET­TER FORM

Rossi, Vi­nales ar­rive in France with pos­i­tive mind af­ter dis­ap­point­ing fin­ish in Jerez

New Straits Times - - Sport - MAV­ER­ICK VI­NALES

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.

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