Rossi receives front tyre boost ahead of Argentina MotoGP

Valentino Rossi will start the weekend of the Argentine MotoGP with added confidence after it was confirmed that Michelin have decided to reintroduce the front tyre that was used last year.

Movistar Yamaha team rider Rossi was full of praise for his team after claiming a podium in the season-opening MotoGP race in Qatar.

The 38-year-old Italian, who started the race in 10th place on the grid, fought his way up the field to finish third behind Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and race winner, Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales. 

Rossi admitted to struggling with his front tyre throughout the weekend before eventually finding a level of comfort with it as the real action began.

Ahead of this weekend’s racing, Michelin announced that they would be reintroducing last year’s front tyre and that news has made Rossi smile.

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“I know they've brought a front with the old carcass, it's stiffer,” confirmed Rossi.

“When I spoke to Michelin about my problems with the new tyre, they told me I was the only one having difficulty, perhaps that wasn't the case.

“Anyway, it will be interesting to test it and see if it offers better sensation.”

Regardless of the driveability of the new front tyre, Rossi fancies his chances in Argentina as the Termas de Rio Hondo is a track he enjoys racing on.

“I like this track, it's fun to ride a MotoGP here,” he continued.

“I've always completed good races but first we need to see what track conditions are like, last year the asphalt was very dirty and we had bad weather.

“As I've said, in Qatar we took a good step forward in terms of the front but still have other problems.

“I hope that's solved but I know that each track is different and I have to try and be more competitive right from first practice.

“It's true that there's not much grip here, just like Qatar, but it's a different situation. Last year I was able to do well anyway.”

Victory in Argentina would be fitting as Rossi is racing in his 350th Grand Prix race. However, he insisted that mere appearances were not things he celebrated.

“It means I've competed in a lot of races and spent a lot of time here.” He quipped.

“I'm proud but it's not really the number of races that is important, but rather the number of podiums and wins, their quality.”