Rossi endured a bruising brace of races at Losail to begin the season, the nine-time grand prix world champion rising from the Qatar Grand Prix twelfth having certified fourth – and got here away from the Doha spherical with out factors in sixteenth having registered his worst ever qualifying results of twenty first.
This got here on a backdrop of the manufacturing facility Yamaha pair Maverick Vinales and Rossi’s alternative Fabio Quartararo storming to victory in each Qatar races on the identical 2021-specification M1.
The upcoming European races are set to be vital for Rossi in deciding on extending his profession into 2022, whereas efficiency standards in his Yamaha contract should be met earlier than discussions are even entertained.
“I do not know, as a result of yearly modifications quite a bit,” Rossi mentioned when requested if he anticipated his kind to enhance within the coming European races.
“Anyway, in Europe there may be quite a lot of good tracks for me. So, we hope that once we come again in Europe we might be stronger.
“[In the race] we discovered some completely different settings for the electronics the place I may stick with the tempo extra continually.
“Sadly, we discovered it simply within the morning and my place within the begin was very dangerous.
Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT
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“Now it is tough as a result of all of the riders, all of the bikes are robust and being inside 10 seconds [from the win] you might be fifteenth.
“We’ve got to see the opposite race tracks ranging from Portimao, we’ll attempt to perceive if we’re extra aggressive.”
Teammate Franco Morbidelli had a equally powerful time in Qatar, ending final weekend’s Doha GP twelfth having struggled throughout each rounds for pace on his ‘A-spec’ Yamaha.
The Italian says he reverted to a set-up base he used in the beginning of 2020 for the Doha race, however this manifested issues with tyre life he battled in the beginning of final season and left him twelfth on the chequered flag.
We did a giant modification, we went again to a configuration much like 2020 starting of the yr,” he mentioned.
“Within the race, the race was higher than final one for certain. I used to be engaged and I used to be capable of battle.
“Ranging from tenth place and never having the quickest bike within the pack was actually powerful to battle with the fellows, however no less than I had the prospect to do it.
“However the same issues to the start of 2020, so I struggled to take care of a very good tempo to the top, I completed the tyre too quickly.”