World News – UA – Rossi: Lorenzo has ‘big potential’ but needs to ride, train more

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Valentino Rossi says Jorge Lorenzo has’ big potential ‘as a Yamaha test rider but,’ If you go eight months without touching a motorcycle, you can’t bring a MotoGP bike at the limit « 

Jorge Lorenzo’s return to Yamaha this season has made the five-time world champion the most skilled test rider of the MotoGP era

But so far he’s only taken part in two tests, in Sepang in February, and then – after the disruption caused by the Covid pandemic, which has also erased his wildcard from Catalonia – this week in Portimao Both were on the M1 2019-spec

While Lorenzo was just 13s behind the fastest man Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) in Sepang, the gap had dropped to 30s behind Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) in Portimao

It would have been even bigger if racing riders other than Aprilia could have used MotoGP machines (rather than street bikes) and been on the track for both days

Lorenzo, who believes 15 to 16 days of Yamaha testing was planned before the Covid outbreak, has indicated he would like to continue in this role for 2021

Former teammate and title rival Valentino Rossi believes Lorenzo has ‘great potential’ as a test driver, but needs to ride a lot more

« Jorge in Malaysia in February was not that bad Because he did a good job and was strong with the M1 He was close to us normal riders », said Rossi « But then , he said he had never ridden a bike before Portimao

« So I think Jorge is a great opportunity for Yamaha because he has a lot of potential, but if you want to be the test rider he needs to train, to use motorcycles

« Because if you go eight months without touching a motorcycle, after that it is impossible to take a MotoGP motorcycle to the limit So I think if Jorge wants to continue he has to test and ride another type of motorcycle for the season « 

Speaking at Le Mans on Saturday, Rossi also touched on the lingering rumors that VR46 is in talks to take back the MotoGP grid spots from Avintia

The Italian once again said that the ongoing talks between VR46, Avintia and Ducati were only about the search for a MotoGP seat for his brother Luca Marini, who could replace Tito Rabat next season

« We are interested in Luca, to bring Luca to MotoGP next year For this reason But they are still talking I don’t know if it will be possible I hope to have Luca in MotoGP », said Rossi

2022 would be a more logical time for VR46 to enter MotoGP as a team, as they would not need to purchase existing grid spots, which are currently under contract until the end of 2021

A more immediate concern for Rossi is Sunday’s French MotoGP, which he will start from just tenth on the grid, but after completing an all-Yamaha top four for race pace in final practice

« I’m not happy with my tenth position because I have to do better, because our potential is better, » he said « So when you start from tenth, in modern MotoGP you never know where you can end up

« But we have to work tonight because we have something to fix because the accelerating bike is a bit too nervous

« So we have to improve that And after my pace is good I’m quite strong So the race is long, we have to start well and try the maximum for the 27 laps and try to understand where I can arrive »

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World news – AU – Rossi: Lorenzo has a «  big potential  » but must ride, train more


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