Rossi wary of Le Mans conditions

Valentino Rossi heads to the French MotoGP full on confidence after his first victory of the season, but cautious of what the weather at Le Mans might bring.

While Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo enjoyed the better results in the early part of the season, Rossi has been catching up.

He now trails Honda's Marquez by 24 points and team-mate Lorenzo by 17. 

Rossi is intent on repeating the strong set-up he found at Jerez at Le Mans, but knows he must contend with the unpredictable weather conditions that often mark the race.

“Le Mans is a track where the YZR-M1 usually goes very well. The negative thing about Le Mans is the weather, it is always very uncertain. It can rain, it is often cold and so there are many factors that you must be careful of,” Rossi said. 

“Last year I had a good race but I was not able to beat Jorge, I'll try again this year. 

“First we will start the weekend in the same way as we did in Jerez. There we found a good set-up on Friday and this has helped us to be competitive in the race. We will do our best also in Le Mans.” 

Rossi has three victories to his name at Le Mans, in 2002, 2005 and 2008, while he also has a further five runner-up finishes – including last year, when he finished behind Lorenzo.