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Valentino Rossi Gives Up on MotoGP Title Race This Season

Yamaha Movistar’s veteran racer Valentino Rossi has again ensured that he will not focus on winning the 2017 MotoGP this year. According to Rossi, the focus is currently on requesting Yamaha to improve the performance of its less competitive motorbikes in this season. Hence, Rossi is not confident to become world champion after lagging far enough from Marc Marquez at the top of the standings.
Valentino Rossi

Ahead of the British GP series at Silverstone Circuit this weekend, Rossi is still in fourth position in the 2017 MotoGP standings. Rossi has so far collected 141 points, or 33 points behind Marquez.

“I do not see myself in world championship battles, because there are a lot of points to pursue and we are not competitive enough,” Rossi said, as quoted from motorsport.com.

“Before thinking of reducing the deficit points with Marquez and [Andrea] Dovizioso, I want us to be as competitive as they are, and compete for the podium. For now, our target is just that, “he continued.

Previously, Rossi has sent an ultimatum to Yamaha Movistar to immediately make improvements on the M1 bike. The Italian rider said the main problem in the M1 motor is to spend too quickly on Michelin’s rear tires.

“Our performance will depend on the character of each circuit, but now we are in a technically difficult position. Related to the world title, I think it will be very difficult, “said Rossi.

Last season Rossi managed to finish third in the British GP behind Vinales and Cal Crutchlow.