Rossi questioning another Ducati podium
10 October 2012 – Valentino Rossi is fully aware that he may not have a chance to return to the MotoGP podium with Ducati, as the Italian is switching back to Yamaha next year and the red bike is still not quick enough to challenge the likes of Honda at the front of the field.
“I like Motegi a lot,” the seven-time premier class Champion says ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.
“It’s a nice track with good grip and I have a positive memory of last year. We steadily improved the bike’s setup over the course of the weekend and I think I could have had a good race if I hadn’t crashed on the first lap.
“At the moment, we’re still missing a couple of tenths with our pace to think of the podium, but at the last two races we were still able to ride at a good, constant rhythm until the end, which is positive.
“At Motegi we’ll try to continue working in this direction and to take advantage of the Ducati’s potential, which is usually very high at this track.”
Last time out in Aragón, Rossi was forced to fight back through the pack after first-lap contact with Jonathan Rea sent him around the long loop at MotorLand’s final corner.