‘I have ex­cite­ment for the year, it feels like we’re start­ing again from zero’

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Be­fore he does that, though, he needs to fix his Achilles’ heel from last sea­son – his abil­ity to get a sin­gle fly­ing lap out of the bike and im­prove on his lack-lus­tre qual­i­fy­ing per­for­mance.

But work­ing on ex­actly that on the fi­nal day at Qatar, Rossi ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards that im­prove­ments had come; some­thing ev­i­denced by his po­si­tion on the time sheets not only at Qatar but at all three win­ter tests.

There is one thing for sure though – any bit­ter taste that Rossi may have had from the way the 2015 sea­son ended for him fol­low­ing his on and off-track spat with Mar­quez, penalty points and back of the grid pun­ish­ment, is now well and truly gone.

Con­vert­ing the dif­fi­cult end to the year into mo­ti­va­tion, Rossi says all the fo­cus now is on putting it be­hind him and mak­ing the most of this year’s op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It was a dif­fi­cult pe­riod af­ter Va­len­cia, but now that is like five or six years ago, the feel­ing of it! It’s good mo­ti­va­tion though, and I have good ex­cite­ment for the year be­cause it feels like we’re start­ing over again from zero!

“We’ll start an­other sea­son, which is al­ways great and ev­ery­one is ex­cited. We’ve tried the bike at three dif­fer­ent tracks, we’ve been com­pet­i­tive at all of them – but ev­ery­one else is also com­pet­i­tive in Mo­togp. You al­ways have to im­prove to stay at the front, but we’ve done a good job.”

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