Rossi prepared for 'very difficult' race
17 October 2012 – Valentino Rossi is well aware of the challenges that face him in Malaysia this weekend, with high ambient and track temperatures making for an extremely physical race. The departing Ducati rider, who has picked up two podium finishes so far this season, is eager to continue his recent run of points-scoring results at Sepang.
"We’ll see what awaits us at Sepang, because we didn’t do very well there during the winter tests," Rossi explained. "Still, many months have passed since then, and now with the new frame and swingarm, the bike is better.
"The race and the whole weekend will certainly be very difficult because of the high temperatures, which present a challenge for both the bike and the riders. That said, it’s obviously not our first time, and we know what to expect. We’ll try to do our best."
Heading to Malaysia, Rossi sits sixth in the overall standings with 137 points.