Valentino Rossi admits he needs to raise his game to remain in contention for an historic tenth world championship in 2015, starting at Silverstone this weekend. The Italian shares the championship lead with Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo but was beaten comfortably by the Spaniard in the last two races, piling the pressure on the Italian ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Although Rossi is delighted with his 100% podium record in the first eleven races of 2015, he accepts that he must return to winning ways soon and cannot rely on Lorenzo’s level dropping.
“It’s an evenly balanced fight. I’m happy to have this amount of points and I’m so proud of the results in the first part of the season. Now it will get harder and harder and it will be a great fight. After the summer break, he came back in better shape and had two great races fighting with Marc. It’s difficult because I need to go faster and stay focused to try the maximum.”
Speaking at Silverstone today, Rossi acknowledges that Silverstone hasn’t been kind to him on previous visits and he is expecting Lorenzo and Marc Marquez to be very difficult to beat.
“Silverstone’s not my favourite track. I like the track but my relationship with Silverstone involves a lot of problems in the past”, he noted. “Last year I was very happy with the podium but it was not enough to stay with Jorge and Marc who’ve had some epic battles in the last two years. It will be a hard weekend but we have to give the maximum and try to fight with them.”