Rossi’s Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera said the nine-time world champion was not as relaxed as usual during the last season, but that is motivated before this year’s MotoGP championship.
This was the third consecutive year, “The Doctor” ended second, while the title won Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez. Rossi’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was third in the overall standings.
The Italian extended his contract with Yamaha before the first race of last season, and starting this one Lorenzo is replaced with Maverick Vinales, who arrived from Suzuki.
Galbusera believes that everything that happened in 2015, implying to the conflict between Rossi and Marquez, contributed “The Doctor” to be more nervous than usual, and that he wished to avoid further controversy.
“Rossi is incredibly motivated and ready for the new season. Last season he was preoccupied, tests have assured him he can do a lott, but he was not as relaxed as usual. He knew he had to be careful, every little incident with Marquez would be under scrutiny and could not allow anything to happen. But, now he returns with only one goal – to beat them all. It will be a tough season, in the testings we will begin to understand how competitive we are, whether we are equal with the others or we have to chase the Honda and Ducati. They have made a step forward with the electronics, and Marquez and Honda are the most dangerous. They will be the ones to beat. “
Regarding Rossi’s most recent teammate, who has moved to Ducati, Galbusera expects to be competitive enough to win a few races, but not enough to fight for the title.
“I do not know at what level will be Ducati with Lorenzo. There will be races in which they will be very good and will fight for victory. But I doubt they can fight for the title, “
This year’s MotoGP championship will start with the Grand Prix of Qatar on March 26.