Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi has insisted that he still has what it takes to win another MotoGP title after he came up short last season.
Rossi was on track to be crowned MotoGP champion for the seventh time in his career in this year’s season, but his clash with Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez at Sepang cost him dearly as he started from the back of the grid in the season finale in Valencia and watched his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo lift the title after finishing first.
Rossi, who finished just five points behind Lorenzo in the 2015 season, has vowed to return stronger next year and do his best to ensure he captures another MotoGP title.
“"If you check the history of human beings, between 36 and 37 is not a big difference,” Rossi told reporters. “I'm not very worried.
"Next year I can go more or else at the same pace. But it depends a lot on the motivation, the match of the Yamaha with the Michelins, our work and everything else.
"Next year will be another story, and I will try as always."
The 2016 MotoGP season will begin at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on March 20.