9-time Grand Prix champion Valentino Rossi is hoping stable weather at Mugello will confirm the form he found in the Jerez test earlier this month.

Rossi is on a dismal run of form, with his last top 10 being 13 races ago at the 2020 San Marino Grand Prix. It’s not something anyone was expecting to say of the Italian at the end of 2019 when he was in the top 10 for every race he finished. It’s the first time since his debut in 1996 that he’s failed to score a podium in the first five races.

However, things may just be starting to look up for the Italian. After trying out various things in the Jerez test, he found a good place and was fast. He backed it up with an 11th in both qualifying and the race in France, his best race result since his fourth place in last year’s San Marino round. The weather in Le Mans was changeable, and Rossi hopes the stable weather predicted for at least Friday and Saturday will help him ensure his pace.

“I was able to fight for better positions and be within the top-ten at Le Mans, but we suffered in the mixed conditions on Sunday,” Rossi said.

“I felt better with the bike as well, so it was a shame it was a confusing race like that. Hopefully, the weather will be more consistent this weekend at Mugello and we will be able to confirm the improvements from the Jerez Test.”

“It is a fantastic track and fortunately I have many good memories there. It is always special so I’m really looking forward to being there next, although it is a shame that there will be no fans at the circuit because they are always great there and give us a lot of support.”

Rossi crashed out of the 2019 race, but came third from pole in 2018, a feat which he will try to replicate this weekend, when MotoGP returns.

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