And even with that in mind, Rossi still has a useful tool up his sleeve – his vast experience of riding bikes without electronic aids.
Now the only rider on the grid with experience from the days before extensive rider aids (let alone the untameable 500 two-stroke machines of old), he should be able to shine in the closing stages of the race, as tyres fade and control becomes much more about the rider than in previous seasons – something he admitted to MCN during the final round of testing at Losail.
“The long run we did at the end in Qatar was important because you don’t feel a lot of difference if you only do four or five laps. The races will become more difficult for the rider with the new electronics - you will have to do a lot more work.
“For sure the tyre moves and slides, but you can push - you can stay on the rhythm. We’ll have to play more with the bike compared to last year, but that will be interesting!”
There’s no doubting the skill of the class’s old master, and that - along with his symbiotic relationship with the M1 - could well be a huge advantage against a generation of racers raised on traction control.
So for 2016 it looks like his main opposition won’t come form a young upstart like Marc Marquez, but from the opposite side of the garage in the shape of team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.
Unstoppable on his day by anyone last year – Rossi included – Lorenzo was simply a league above the rest of the field when he got going; he led every lap of every one of the seven races he won in 2015.
So how does Rossi counter that? By doing what he can do best, dicing with Lorenzo and preventing that trademark early race breakaway. The new Michelins, with their slowness to come up to temperature, might well play into his hands there, bunching the pack in the opening stages of the race and giving Rossi the chance to strike.