Rossi in 'positive moment' ahead of Le Mans
14 May 2014 – Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi says he is in a "positive moment" ahead of the French Grand Prix.
The Italian was Repsol Honda rider and reigning World Champion Marc Márquez's closest challenger at the Circuito de Jerez last time out, getting the better of Dani Pedrosa and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in the process.
Rossi also made strides at the post-race test, leaving him confident of another strong result at Le Mans.
"I am very happy about the weekend in Jerez," said Rossi, who is third in the title race behind the Repsol Honda duo. "Unfortunately I wasn't able to win over Márquez but I managed to win over Pedrosa and Jorge.
"I am also happy about the test on the following Monday at the same track. During the test I continued to work on the new chassis and I like it, it helps me with the front tyre. At Le Mans I will have only one new chassis but I am confident that Yamaha will bring me the second chassis as soon as possible. I want to continue the work on this.
"I made good times during the test, so I will try to start from the front row at Le Mans. It's a positive moment for me as I'm pretty fast and I work well in the box. I think we can be very optimistic. We can have a good race."
Rossi is 11 points behind Pedrosa in the standings and a further 28 adrift of current leader Márquez.