Rossi circumspect ahead of 2018 MotoGP season

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi has downplayed his chances of winning the 2018 MotoGP World Championship despite feeling well prepared.

Rossi finished fifth in last seasons MotoGP World Championship standings after achieving six podiums, one of which was a victory.

Much has been made of his chances of an eighth MotoGP World Championship in 2018 for the 39-year-old.

However, The Doctor is not getting carried away, even after putting it all together on the final day of pre-season testing in Qatar where his best lap was just 0.247s short of Johann Zarco’s timesheet-topper.

“We have to keep working, but everyone at Yamaha wants to improve, to do nice races and win,” Rossi said of the season ahead.

“We prepared for this first race during the last tests, but we still have the free practice sessions to improve, to do another step.

“After a long winter, we’ve finally arrived at the first race of this new season, and after many tests, getting to the first race is always nice. The pre-season tests were important, we understood our weak points and the strong ones.

“I feel good, I trained well this winter and I’m ready to start this new season together with my M1, my team and the Yamaha staff.

“This will be an interesting season, it seems that there are many fast riders, but we are ready to do our best.”

Rossi last won the World Championship way back in 2009.