That is in keeping with VR46 MotoGP rider Marco Bezzecchi, who, like the remainder of the VR46 Academy, has been coaching with Rossi this winter.
In addition to their normal on-track duels on the nine-time world champion’s bike ranch, Rossi additionally joined the VR46 riders on Superbike machines at Portimao and their native Misano grand prix circuit.
When requested if Rossi was nonetheless quick, reigning MotoGP Rookie of the 12 months Bezzecchi replied: “Sadly sure! Final time at Misano he kicked my ass! However subsequent time , I’ll beat him!
Though Rossi was solely seen sometimes within the MotoGP paddock final season, Bezzecchi mentioned the 44-year-old continues to comply with his riders’ progress very carefully.
“After we go to coach, if he is not right here he follows us from one other a part of the world, however more often than not when he is at residence he additionally trains with us,” mentioned Bezzecchi, who gave the VR46 workforce its first MotoGP podium with second place in Assen final season.
“So even when you do not see him (on the races) he’s ‘with’ us.
“We knew the second needed to come (when Rossi would retire and go away the paddock), however in the long run now we have now to attempt to be the very best drivers we may be.
“Fortunately we have now him on our again, supporting us. He’s actually (shut) with us. Even when he isn’t there, imagine me, he’s actually curious about our sporting life and in addition within the regular life, so I believe we’re very fortunate.
“In fact it is completely different (since he retired). I miss him lots within the paddock. But it surely’s like that. He now has a profession in vehicles and I am completely happy for him.
Rossi hopes to say his first MotoGP VR46 victories in 2023
Talking on the VR46 workforce launch immediately, Rossi set Bezzecchi and teammate Luca Marini as their goal for a maiden MotoGP victory in 2023.
“I’m anticipating an incredible 2023 from Mooney VR46 Racing Crew. Final 12 months we made our MotoGP debut after so a few years in Moto3 and Moto2 and it has been a unbelievable season,” mentioned Rossi.
“We had been quick, despite the fact that the workforce was new. The fellows did an incredible job, battling for the rostrum and the highest spots on a number of events. This continues to be our aim for 2023 as nicely.
“We’ve two very quick and extra skilled riders, I hope they’ll take one other step ahead to get their first victory and conquer as many podiums as doable.
“Luca is in his third season in MotoGP and I anticipate lots from him. He has made nice strides in 2022, he has grown lots and has come near the rostrum a number of instances: he deserved it. assessments, he was very quick and he’s aggressive.
“Marco can do nicely too, in his first 12 months in MotoGP, which is tough for everybody, he was excellent. He acquired on the rostrum in Assen and did a whole lot of races with the quickest guys till on the finish.
“He has to proceed like this and might enhance to be even quicker in his second 12 months within the high class.”
Marini, Rossi’s youthful brother, was the quickest in each winter testing since Valencia’s season finale final 12 months.
The final pre-season outing takes place in Portimao this weekend.