This weekend, Valentino Rossi returned to the show in front of the public as a Ducati rider. This is the first time for "The Doctor" appears 100 percent as the Italians because it strengthens the team from his homeland. What are the chances Rossi in Italian GP?
Mugello circuit is a favorite track because he's Rossi won seven times in a row in 2002-2008. However, its dominance collapsed in 2009 when Casey Stoner on the podium number one, while he is ranked third. Then, any misfortune befall him last season because for the first time, Rossi suffered the most serious injury of his career, namely a broken leg, during free practice.
In this season, Rossi is in the toughest times with the Ducati. Of the seven series that have been acted, seven times world champion has just one podium finishes and has never won, so this is the longest victory drought since joining the MotoGP. The last time Rossi won in Malaysia in 2010. This means that the 10 series he was champion.
But at Mugello, there is a glimmer of hope for Rossi to realize the dream of victory. In addition to its favorite tracks that have the magic for him and will appear in front of fanatical supporters, Rossi also got motor packet that is promising.
That was apparent when he used the Ducati GP11.1 at Circuit Assen, the Netherlands, last weekend. At that Rossi to finish in fourth place after starting from 11th position. Well, this weekend, a new chassis for the 2012 season and the new surface at the Mugello circuit is suspected Rossi will make a much better performance than ever before in his debut with Ducati.
"We've been racing there with GP12. But because of our capacity of 800 cc motorcycle engine, then the reaction was slightly different to suit. Yet, it is the first phase of development," said Rossi about his private test at Mugello with the motor 2012.
"It is important to quickly find the right step in the setup. The reason, it is important that we continue to make improvements in every session so that it can achieve a good position."
In the past, Rossi has proven that he can make his fans happy with a series victory. Well, this time, Rossi is ready to provide similar entertainment, though he would be assisted by a crew boss, Jerry Burgess, who was not present at Mugello. 32-year-old rider and Ducati will make every effort to get on the podium.
"This is one of my favorite tracks, and I always look pretty good in there," said Rossi.
"Back after an accident last year was not a problem for me because I enjoy racing there during the recent tests, as I always do."
"I hope there will be a big crowd, and hopefully I will be able to do better than we had previously achieved. This is a very important race," he said.
Until the seventh series this season, Rossi was in fourth place standings. The best result ever achieved is number three on the podium at Le Mans, France.