Valentino Rossi hasn’t won a MotoGP race since the Dutch series in Assen on June 25, 2017. His teammate at Yamaha Maverick Viñales, won at Phillip Island in 2018 and 2019 at Assen. The Spaniard is now 18 points ahead of Rossi. Vale hasn’t visited the podium since the Argentine and Austin series (twice the podium-2). While Viñales has secured six podiums this season. Rossi’s unforgettable memories at the Australian GP, what are they?
Rossi is confused why he often becomes the slowest, out of the four Yamaha riders. Apparently, he suspected the Silvano Galbusera crew chief, who replaced Jeremy Burgess in 2014. Galbusera was transferred to take responsibility for the test team in 2020. He had to keep Johann Zarco there. The 40-year-old Italian has now chosen a new crew chief for the 2020 season, David Munoz.
For the rest of the season, Twin Ring Motegi is not one of Rossi’s favorite tracks. But Phillip Island will be a circuit where Rossi and Yamaha M1 can once again fight for victories like 2018 at Sepang and Valencia and finally in 2019 in Austin (against Rins).
Unforgettable Memories of Rossi at the Australian GP
- Rossi has won the MotoGP race at Phillip Island five times in a row from 2001 to 2005.
- In 2007, Casey Stoner’s winning streak began there, which ended with his sixth win in 2012.
- Valentino Rossi finished second in 2008 and 2009, 2016 and 2017.
- Phillip Island is one of Rossi’s favorite tracks. Even though many other racers say that too
- Vale won his first 500cc title there in 2001. Defeated Max Biaggi on the last lap. I think that was one of the best races of my career.
- Rossi secured the MotoGP title in 2004 at Phillip Island in his first year at Yamaha.
- When defending Honda in 2003, despite a 10-second penalty for ignoring the yellow flag, Rossi was still able to win.
So the Australian series (October 27) there are a number of important things there that keep Rossi’s spirit aflame. Many battles against Biaggi and Gibernau in Australia, are unforgettable.