Rossi getting “genuine support” from Petronas SRT

Valentino Rossi says he feels “genuine support” from his Petronas Sepang Racing Team in MotoGP following a strong Saturday showing at the Catalan Grand Prix.

Rossi getting “genuine support” from Petronas SRT
Listen to this article

The nine-time grand prix world champion’s MotoGP future beyond 2021 remains in doubt as he’s struggled for form this year, with Motorsport.com revealing on Saturday that SRT and Yamaha has already been sounding out potential replacements for Rossi in 2022.

Rossi made it into Q2 for just the third time in 2021 at Barcelona on Saturday, doing so directly from FP3 having made a step forward with the set-up of his M1 after going “the wrong way” on Friday.

Though only managing 11th in Q2, 0.752 seconds off the pole time set by Fabio Quartararo, Rossi’s progress was halted by an early crash in the session.

Rossi’s progression to Q2 was met with exuberant celebrations from his side of the SRT garage.

Asked if this showed how much pressure his side of the team is under, Rossi said: “I’m very happy of the behaviour of the team, of the atmosphere in the pits because I have genuine support.

“All the guys understand that this challenge is difficult, and everybody is very, very sad when my performance is bad, like Friday when I was P18 and my pace was very bad.

“So, they know that we need good results and still we can do some good races and we can enjoy but we need to be strong.

“My box, but also all the guys of the team support me very much, and it was funny today.

“And then to enter into Q2 at the moment, for us, is a good result.

“I think it’s this more than the pressure. The pressure for the team, I don’t think they have a lot of pressure.

“I think that they want to arrive in front, like normal. I don’t feel any particular pressure. It’s more genuine support.”

Read Also:

Rossi has previously spoken of having the full backing of SRT management despite suffering his worst-ever season so far having scored just 15 points from the first six races.

Speaking about his performance gains at Barcelona, Rossi believes the track has played a factor but also feels the step forward is genuine.

“I like the circuit here in Barcelona, I ride quite well,” he said.

“But we also improved the setting of the bike. I think we did a mistake on Friday.

“On Friday we followed the wrong way. But these are things that happen all the weekends to more or less all the riders.

“The problem is when it happens to me, it’s ‘Rossi’s too old, you have to stop’ after one bad practice.

“But it’s normal, you work and we try a wrong way. But I’m very, very happy at the feeling I have today because I was not so bad on the track, and I enjoy.”

Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Valentino Rossi, Petronas Yamaha SRT

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

shares
comments

Related video

MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix - Start time, how to watch & more
Previous article

MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix - Start time, how to watch & more

Next article

Barcelona MotoGP: Oliveira holds on to score KTM's first 2021 win

Barcelona MotoGP: Oliveira holds on to score KTM's first 2021 win
Load comments
The salary hit MotoGP riders face in 2022 Prime

The salary hit MotoGP riders face in 2022

Rider salaries in MotoGP have dropped significantly in the last four years, mainly due to the effects of the pandemic. But it has also changed due to a change in contractual models followed by manufacturers. German Garcia Casanova investigates.

MotoGP
Jan 26, 2022
Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken Pol Espargaro's resolve Prime

Why a difficult 2021 hasn't broken Pol Espargaro's resolve

Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve

MotoGP
Jan 17, 2022
Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP Prime

Why KTM's latest young outcast is a cautionary tale for MotoGP

Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars

MotoGP
Jan 4, 2022
How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022 Prime

How Ducati's expanded roster will threaten MotoGP's balance in 2022

That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class

MotoGP
Jan 3, 2022
Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 MotoGP riders of 2021

Although Fabio Quartararo wrapped up the 2021 MotoGP title with two rounds to go, the Yamaha rider had strong competition from the revitalised Ducati factory team and a revitalised Marc Marquez. Read on to see who makes our top 10 list.

MotoGP
Dec 23, 2021
How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king Prime

How Quartararo cast aside prior doubts to become MotoGP's new king

Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength

MotoGP
Dec 7, 2021
The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate Prime

The Rossi-less future MotoGP must now navigate

Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked

MotoGP
Dec 4, 2021
Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races Prime

Valentino Rossi’s 10 greatest MotoGP races

As the Italian legend finally bows out and retires from MotoGP, it marks the end of one of the most incredible careers in motorsport history. Here is Motorsport.com's pick of his best rides and the stories behind them

MotoGP
Dec 3, 2021