After enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation, Valentino Rossi knows it's time to get back to business as he has a tough task ahead of him heading into the second half of the season.
Rossi has won just two races this season, and currently sits in third place on the MotoGP standings. The seven-time title winner trails his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo by 11 points, with the Italian a massive 48 points adrift of Championship leader Marc Marquez.
The 37-year-old faces an uphill battle to overhaul the Repsol Honda rider, and he'll need to start making inroads at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.
“It was a long break,” Rossi said. “I certainly rested a lot! I went on holiday but I continued to train. Now, however, I really want to get back on the track and do my best in this second half of the season.”
Speaking about the Red Bull Ring, Rossi admitted that his bike isn’t suited to the track layout, but remained hopeful of a podium finishes
“The Austrian circuit is very nice and the tests went quite well,” he said. “The two long straights do not help us much, but during the race weekend we have time to improve. We will do our best to get on the podium.”