Fortune favors the brave and the courage today to Valentino Rossi is not missed.Standings on the starting grid has welcomed the drops of rain slipping on the helmet,the suit,the Desmosedici is a blessing.”I had hoped,but usually when one counts the wet is because things are not going too well,’he jokes.
Imposible that the mind has not dived in the past twelve months ago when on the same track and with the same conditions had brought his Ducati number 46 on the podium.It happened yet,even went even better,because last year the pilots to cut the line before him were two,this one time only.The icing on the cake was the battle won,with Stoner.”A special oppenent-describes-which is nice fight.I missed since I switched to Honda to Ducati and he had not had a chance to do it.”
You went through your mind the GP at Jerez in 2011?
“Absolutely, that time I did it to hurry to the bang. I had behaved like a novice rider and I was wrong, throwing to the ground or Casey. This time I was more calm, I decided to follow him and be with him. “
At some point you have also lost contact with him.
“I had a problem with the helmet I was fogged visor and I worried a lot. It had never happened before in the rain. Somehow I managed to open a little ‘visor and incastrala, I solved the problem but I lost 2 or 3 seconds behind Stoner and Dovizioso also Crutchlow and I have redone under “.
And ‘what was the hardest moment of the race?
“The last ten laps I gave my best, I hoped to reach the final without breathing down the necks of two Yamaha and I had to commit myself not to get me through and continue Stoner.”
A second place that counts as a victory?
“Winning is another thing, but it is a major achievement both for myself and for my team and all the men of the Ducati.”
It ‘a revenge against those who gave you to finish?
“I do not run these things, I knew that was not true and just today I had a chance to prove it. Certainly a bit ‘I turned my balls when I felt certain criticisms of me, but I responded with a smile. It ‘s always difficult to assess certain situations from the outside and easy to say that one is not worth anything anymore. “
The Ducati looks increasingly like a boat on the water, you understand why?
“Not yet fully, it is strange that one of our weaknesses in the dry, acceleration, today was our strong point. Perhaps because the wet we have to cut a lot of power and we can make better use of horses in less provisions, to ground them. Even the problems of understeer is more limited. In the end, I believe that every bike has some special features in its DNA and Ducati has to go fast on water. “
After this result, it is better to regret not having started better, or the desire to continue to improve?
“No doubt the desire to make the Ducati even more competitive. The fundamental error was to give in to despair after the first test, when I realized I would not have been able to try to win again. “
Switch to a set-up similar to that of Hayden was the winning choice.
“He and his team have more experience with this bike, but now we also found a good base to work. We also showed in qualifying. “
What can we expect in Barcelona in two weeks?
“Certainly not to fight for the podium, we suffer too dry. The aim will be to get closer to the Yamaha satellite. “
The tests at Mugello on Wednesday and Thursday will help?
“We will have something new to try, you can take another step forward.”