Yamaha boss: Rossi has nothing to prove
10 December 2012 – Yamaha Team Director Massimo Meregalli says Valentino Rossi has 'nothing to prove' when he returns to the outfit next year, despite enduring two disappointing seasons with Ducati. The Italian recorded just one podium finish with the Italian squad, but his future employers are not applying any unneeded pressure ahead of the 2013 season.
"Valentino is Valentino and he doesn’t need to demonstrate anything," Meregalli told Motor Cycle News. "He has nothing to prove. He will be 34 and the risk a rider of that age will take is different to that of a 23-year-old, but the experience he has balances this out. Each time he could see that a good result was achievable at Ducati he took the chance and showed that he is still at a very high level."
Meregalli went on to talk about the anticipated rivalry between Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, explaining that he expects a calmer battle when both men are reunited.
"They have both changed a lot since and the experience of last time is going to be helpful for them," he added of the multiple title winners. "I’m not expecting the same conflict and this time the team is going to be one with no wall in the middle."