Valentino Rossi’s ex-Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo states that it will be ‘difficult’ for Rossi to up his performance after ‘disappoint[ing]’ recent results.
Despite being the most experienced rider on the grid, Valentino Rossi has achieved two very uninspiring results in the season so far. Indeed, the Petronas Yamaha Racing rider not only qualified in 21st – the worst ever qualifying result of his career – but Rossi rode 1.7 seconds slower than he did just a week before on the same track. Compared to Martin, a rookie, who finished in third and who rode 0.7 seconds faster than his previous weekend lap, it is no wonder Jorge Lorenzo claimed that his former teammate Rossi ‘without a doubt’ ‘disappointed’ him.
Rossi was unable to make any significant improvements on his starting position and finished without points in 16th. This put him behind his teammate Franco Morbidelli who placed in 12th. In the triple MotoGP world champion’s Youtube review, Lorenzo noted that ‘it is difficult to find a race that Valentino finished, without a crash or an engine breakdown, outside the points’ and as such he placed him in the ‘To Forget’ and ‘Defeated’ segments of his video. He noted that ‘Rossi has disappointed me, as I suppose he has disappointed his fans because a lot is always expected from Valentino.’
Though Rossi is undoubtedly feeling the pressure, he himself is unsure as to whether his form will improve in the coming European stint and expressed that he ‘[doesn’t] know, because every year changes a lot,’. On a more hopeful note, however, he also offered that ‘in Europe there is a lot of good tracks for me’ and echoed Lorenzo’s sentiments that ‘better circuits will surely come’.