MotoGP points leader Valentino Rossi says it’s still too early in the season to consider riding for points, insisting his focus remains on gunning for race victories.
Rossi had his advantage at the top of the standings cut to just nine points by Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo last weekend at Indianapolis, with Marc Marquez moving to within 56 of the seven-time champion following a third win of the season.
Asked if victories or consistency would be the key to the title battle, Rossi said: “Both, because there is a long way to go, still eight races to go.
“It’s too early to [just] think of not making mistakes.
“We just have to try and push to the maximum without making mistakes, and victory is very important because you gain a few more points.”
"We have to start further up the grid"
Qualifying has been Rossi’s major weakness all season, and the Italian reiterated the need to unlock more single-lap pace at Brno this weekend.
“At Indy, we didn’t start with a very good base setting from Friday,” admitted the 36-year-old, “so it will be important to try to make it better from first practice.
“At the same time, I suffer too much in the qualifying and we were too far behind. We have to work on this, because Q2 is always my weak point.
“We have to try to start further in front because when you have to fight, especially with Marc and Jorge, they are fast from the first corner.
“So if you lose a bit at the beginning it’s difficult to recover.”