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